Part 1 Reading
To hear most recent research tell it, coffee is a miracle drink. The magic beans will ward off skin cancer and Alzheimer’s( 老年痴呆症), reduce heart failure and diabetes（糖尿病） risks, heighten focus, and maybe even protect liver health. Oh, and decrease suicide risk, according to the newest study that validates our coffee addictions.
According to a study performed by the Harvard School of Public Health and published this month in The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, people who drink two to four cups of java each day are less likely to commit suicide than those who don’t drink coffee, drink decaf, or drink fewer than two cups each day. The study followed over 200,000 people for at least 16 years. And it’s not just a weak link: the researchers found that the suicide risk was cut by around 50 percent for coffee addicts.
This isn’t the first time that researchers have discovered that coffee and smiles might go hand-in-hand. A 2011 study found that women who drink coffee cut their risk of depression by 15 percent compared to those who don’t. Michel Lucas, the head researcher of the most recent study, told The Huffington Post that coffee addicts can thank caffeine for the good news. The drug may actually act like a mild anti-depressant by tweaking levels of happy hormones .
Of course, there’s plenty of research out there that doesn’t look so kindly upon coffee drinkers. Recently, the New Yorker published an article arguing that while coffee may heighten focus, that means it also puts a squeeze on creativity. And of course, coffee’s well-known negative effects like insomnia(失眠症) and disturbed sleep cycles still hold.
Regardless, we’ll raise our mugs to this most recent study for justifying our coffee addictions once again.
1.Which of the following is not mentioned as a possible benefit of drinking coffee ?
A. reducing heart failure risks
B. protecting liver health
C. preventing skin cancer
2.According to a study performed by the Harvard School of Public Health , people are less likely to commit
suicide if they________
A. drink fewer than two cups of coffee each day
B. drink more than four cups of coffee each day
C. drink two to four cups of coffee each day
D. don ' t drink any coffee each day
3.The reason why coffee can cut the suicide risk lies in that _________
A.it can heighten focus
B. it can cure skin cancer
C. it may help to prevent depression
D. it may make people less creative
4.One of the negative effects of coffee is that it__________
A. costs a lot of money
B. disturbs sleep
C. makes people fat
D. causes coffee addictions
5.What might be the writer ' s attitude toward coffee drinking ?