Our love of coffee is so strong most people would rather have a caffeine fix when they first wake up than sex, a new survey has found.

The study by Le Méridien hotel group discovered that 53 per cent of its guests favored coffee over sex as the perfect way to start the day.

The research showed worldwide addiction to coffee was so great 78 percent of respondents would abstain from alcohol, social media or sex with their partner for a year rather than miss out on coffee for the same amount of time.

The research by the French-based hotel chain interviewed frequent travellers in six countries, including the U.S. and China. It revealed how much travellers rely on their morning coffee to get them through their lives.

A quarter of those surveyed said without it they felt less creative, while 22 percent said they could not get out of bed and 16 percent claimed they could not facing talking to other people.

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