Many students at Masuk consume caffeine, but some of them may not drink it for energy. With all the flavors of coffee and energy drinks, they appeal to students beyond just the caffeine factor of black coffee. Some students consume a caffeinated drink every day. 73 percent of teens drink caffeine at least once a day, and the source of caffeine usually comes from coffee or an energy drink. Haley Ferris, a Sophomore, said, “The caffeine in coffee doesn’t give me a lot of energy, but energy drinks do. I drink coffee and coffee related drinks for the taste. But I also love the taste of energy drinks.” When asked about the side effects of caffeine Ferris said, “I was aware of some of the side effects like insomnia and restlessness, but I didn’t know of most of them.”
Many other people are unaware of the consequences caffeine hold These side effects can include, insomnia, restlessness, nervousness, excitement, flushed face, diuresis, gastrointestinal disturbances, muscle twitching, rambling flow of thought and speech, tachycardia or cardiac arrhythmia, periods of inexhaustibility, and psychomotor agitation. Caffeine is known as an addictive substance. The negative side effects of caffeine usually go away after you stop drinking it. A Masuk student who wanted to remain anonymous, reported that after drinking iced coffee every day she was shaky, nervous, and had frequent headaches. After she stopped drinking coffee every day her symptoms subsided. However this is not the case for everyone. Some people experienced symptoms that include headaches and tiredness, after they stopped drinking caffeine every day, because caffeine is addictive. The question is though, are the side effects of caffeine worth the energy and taste that they provide? Many people, myself included, agree. For most people the side effects are mild and only become bad after drinking caffeine every day or majority of days. But with drinking caffeine every day you need to consume more amounts after a while in order to receive the same effect as before. So it is a vicious cycle, as the more you drink the worse the side effects are.
In different drinks there are different amounts of caffeine, for example in energy drinks there is 14 times more caffeine than regular fountain sodas. In coffee there is an average of 96 mg of caffeine per cup, and 86 mg of caffeine in monster energy drinks. In order for most people to get the caffeine results they are looking for, they need 100-200 mg of caffeine. When students drink this much caffeine every day they require it to function. Kendyl Roelofson, a grade 10 student said, “I drink coffee every morning to help me wake up.” With the early morning classes the caffeine could be helpful to wake up, but the benefits will be minimal at best. She also said that caffeine affects her in multiple ways. Roelofson said, “I feel jittery, nervous, and energized.” But when I asked her 45 minutes later if she felt the same way she said, “I crashed like 10 minutes ago and now I’m super tired again.” Despite the large amounts of caffeine consumed regularly, feeling necessary, people such as Roelofson suggest that caffeine simply disguises the tired feeling, rather than remedying it.
Masuk students are blissfully unaware of the effects of caffeine and still drink it every day. It can often have more negative effects than positive, and students should know to limit their intake to a healthy amount.