Those who say coffee, tea or caffeine energy drinks or tablets help prevent dangerous drowsiness at the wheel have been proved right by recent research among long-distance commercial drivers in Australia. Investigators looked at crashes between 2008 and 2011 in New South Wales and Western Australia that involved vehicles of at least 12 tonnes. They compared 530 drivers who had crashed while on a long trip with 517 drivers who had not had an accident in the previous 12 months. After factoring in age, sleep patterns and breaks taken during the trip, the researchers found that drivers who consumed caffeine to help them stay awake were 63 percent less likely to crash than those who did not take a caffeinated substance. Taking caffeine "should be considered as an effective adjunct strategy" for keeping alert while driving, but breaks, sleep and regular exercise are also essential, said the study, published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) on Tuesday. The paper said 43 percent of drivers in the survey reported using caffeine to stay awake; only three percent reported using illegal stimulants such as amphetamine.Source: AFP << Duchess of Cambridge Desires a Baby Boy Blood Pressure Cuffs Launched >> Recommended Reading Coffee, Caffeine and Your Health Caffeine sensitivity decides if coffee is good or bad for you. However drinking coffee preferably without caffeine may be good for your health. READ MORE Trauma Care Accident and trauma care is an important public health challenge that requires immediate attention. Injury (trauma) is the leading cause of death for all age groups under the age of 44. READ MORE Coffee Coffee is a great beverage prepared from the seeds of Coffea plant. Different types of coffee include espresso, cappuccino, Café latte, frappe, iced coffee. READ MORE Peppermint Tea Peppermint tea sipped at bedtime can be relaxing, makes you feel refreshed and energetic when you drink it in the morning. Peppermint herb has a number of health benefits. Read the article to find out more about peppermint tea. READ MORE Amoebic Dysentery Amoebic dysentery or amoebiasis is an infection of the intestine that causes diarrhoea most frequently along with other causes. READ MORE Caffeine and Decaffeination Caffeine is a psychoactive stimulant alkaloid commonly found in many of the products we consume daily. Excess intake of caffeine can lead to symptoms similar to substance addiction. READ MORE Calcium Rich Foods Calcium rich foods are essential for the growth of bones and teeth. Up your calcium intake from the list of calcium-rich foods. Excellent sources of calcium include dairy products, nuts, seafood. READ MORE Cannabis Cannabis has a long history of medicinal, recreational, and industrial use and comes from a bushy plant with thick sticky flowers called Cannabis Sativa READ MORE Diet and Nutrition Tips for Athletes Athletes can be physically fit by consuming a well balanced nutritious diet, which keeps them mentally alert not only during and after the sports events but all around the year. Here are some simple and essential diet and nutrition tips for athletes. READ MORE Drug Abuse The use of Drugs for reasons other than its prescribed recommendation, is known as Drug abuse or substance abuse. Drug abuse or substance abuse is initiated by various biological and social factors. READ MORE Energy Drinks – Power or Hype? Energy drinks come with the promise of giving a boost during a workout unlike anything an energy rich food can provide. This discussion will give an insight to the pros and cons of energy drinks. READ MORE Top Health Tips to Overcome Tiredness If you follow a healthy lifestyle and still feel tired, you should rule out all possible medical causes of tiredness. These top tips can improve your lifestyle. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Daily Calorie Requirements Fongitar (Zinc Pyrithionone) Blood Donation - Recipients More News on: Amoebic DysenteryCannabisDrug AbuseCaffeine and DecaffeinationCoffeeCoffee, Caffeine and Your HealthTop Health Tips to Overcome TirednessDiet and Nutrition Tips for AthletesCalcium Rich FoodsEnergy Drinks – Power or Hype?