All right, all you caffiends!
'Fess up to your habit
By Alexis Lear
October 19, 2006 | We're all sleep deprived, we all
don't eat as healthy as we should, we are all way too
hard on our 20-something bodies, and we all try and
make up for these bad habits with one drug or another.
We choke down protein shakes, take Tylenol for our achy
muscles and drink anything with caffeine for even the
slightest bit of energy.
We're in college, and all of our college doings, meetings,
get togethers, and parties would not be as lively if
it weren't for that little drug we call caffeine. Caffeine
can be the extra little kick in our day that is the
decider between pressing the snooze button 10 times
or waking right up to go to the gym before class. Caffeine
is popular because it is accessible, affordable and
one doesn't have to be of age to buy this mind and body
A couple weeks ago I was flipping through the October
issue of Glamour magazine when I came across
an article about caffeine. The article had a chart displaying
how much caffeine was in different items from chocolate
bars to Starbucks lattes. The article also said that
caffeine is the most widely used mind-altering drug
in the world. This got me thinking a little bit about
caffeine and its affect on me and other college students.
As my fingers move up and down typing on my keyboard
and the digital clock on my computer changes from 1:49
a.m. to 1:50 a.m., I realize I am only awake and still
functioning because I am drinking roughly my 80th ounce
of Diet Coke for the day. And then I come to the sad
realization that I have conformed: I am another one
of those college students addicted to caffeine.
I'm pretty sure that half of the students on this
campus would not be able to make it through their day
if it weren't for caffeine. Café Ibis would go out of
business completely and students wouldn't be able to
stay awake during class. Living in Utah, caffeine is
the people's alcohol. Many people shun the thought of
consuming alcohol, but can't put their Big Gulp down
to save their life.
Yes, caffeine is a much safer drug than alcohol, but
I can't count the number of times I have seen people
shaking because they overdosed -- on caffeine. My freshman
year I was friends with a girl who refused to drink
alcohol because it was an evil, mind-altering drug that
made people act differently when consuming it, yet she
loved to put down eight 12-ounce Red Bulls every Friday
and Saturday night to maintain the same level of energy
and have some of the same side effects as someone who
was drinking alcohol. Caffeine was her drug, and she
prided herself on abstaining from alcohol while choosing
to partake of another type of mood alterer.
People drink caffeine for different reasons. Many
people can't function without their morning coffee;
others need to drink Coke morning noon and night. Whatever
the reasons are, caffeine is something that we all probably
should cut down on. If you drink caffeine solely for
the energy it gives you, remember that a great way to
create and have energy is through exercise; something
I only do when I have a Diet Coke in hand. Exercise
actually gives you more energy, which might be able
to replace some of the caffeine you drink everyday.
So don't kill yourself or live with horrible migraines
trying to cut back on caffeine. Still go to Café Ibis
every morning, and continue to fill your mug with Mt.
Dew at the Quickstop; just keep in mind why you are
drinking caffeine and maybe even one day switch it up
for a Milk Chug.