Caffeine helps people with their daily lives

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Caffeine is a staple of today’s life. People take it in many forms, like the well known coffee tea soda, and energy drinks, but there are also newer, innovative ways to take it, like a caffeine-infused bracelet or energy mints. 

“I don’t have caffeine on a regular basis, but the drinks that I have are highly caffeinated,” freshman Tori Bissram said. 

We get around around a thousand (customers) to ten or three a day (at the new building coffee stand).”

— Kelsey Cheney

Caffeine gives you quick and easy energy. It is a nervous system stimulant. It binds to the receptors for adenosine, which makes you sleepy, and tricks the brain that the receptors are latched to adenosine instead of caffeine, without the effect of making you tired.

“(Caffeine) definitely helps as a student,” freshman Sophia Sizer said. “If it’s in moderation throughout the day, I can go a full school day awake without shakes or anything like that.”

People often take caffeine as a routine as well, sometimes in the morning or throughout a day. A 2017 report showed that 37 percent of teens drank coffee at least once a day. 

“I drink coffee in the morning,” art teacher Beth Herrick said. “Then I drink hot tea for the rest of the day.” 

Caffeine is not addictive, contrary to popular myths. If taken regularly, caffeine can lead to mild physical dependence. However, because of its lack of severity compared to alcohol and drugs, experts do not consider it addictive. 

“There are some mornings where I don’t have coffee and it doesn’t really affect my day at all, I could probably go without it,” Herrick said. “Mostly it’s habit.”

In fact, some studies show that coffee has a positive effect on the body. A study from 2013 shows that three to five cups of coffee a day lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease. Another study from 2007 showed that coffee reduced the risk of liver cancer by 40 percent, and other studies show that this may hold true to some degree for other cancers.

Caffeine can be dangerous if taken in excess, but so can water. Everything in moderation.

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