The Best Friend of Nearly Every Darby Student

Caffeine is one of the most commonly consumed substances among the general public, mostly among adults. But in the latest generations, it’s now more common among teenagers and college students getting through school.

   In the month of September of 2019, a survey was conducted at Hilliard Darby High School to see the scale of how common caffeine consumption was. A total of a hundred students were interviewed, and at least 95% of those surveyed consume caffeine continually or on some kind of basis. It may not be much of a surprise to many, but the consumption of high amounts of caffeine isn’t good according to Diane Ward, a registered nurse within Hilliard Ccity Sschools and self-proclaimed hardcore coffee drinker.

   “I really wouldn’t recommend that students drink caffeinated drinks like Red Bull or other energy drinks on a daily basis. A couple cups of, say, coffee isn’t that harmful to your body. What matters is the big brand and highly caffeinated drinks,” said Ward.

   Around 57 students reported that they drink some kind of caffeinated drink in the morning and afternoon, where around 30 students state that they need it to get through the day or stay awake.

   “An intake of caffeine on an empty stomach can be harmful to your health. Say you get up in the morning and you drink coffee in place of breakfast, it can be detrimental to heart rate and can cause nausea. But it’s the heart palpitations that you have to watch for,” stated Ward.

   Although more than half of the Darby students say that they just drink caffeinated beverages for the taste or for enjoyment, it can apparently have some harmful effects on your health.

   “Short term effects involve frequent urination, definitely lots of trips to the bathroom, as well as anxiety, rapid heart rate, and upset stomach. Long term can be diarrhea, more anxiety, insomnia and disturbed sleep rhythms, and definitely addiction,” says Ward. 

   With this mention of addiction, the poll challenges the long term effect of addiction with only a total of 14% of students admitting that they might have a dependency. Nineteen percent are undecided on the topic, while 67% responded with an astounding “no”.

   “You get the caffeine in the morning and you get that rush of energy, but then the crash comes hours later. Although it comes with a lot of harmful effects, it mostly has positive effects for older people such as that much needed energy and improvement of memory,” Ward said. “But in the early years of people’s lives, it’s not worth it. Young people need to be more well aware of what they drink.”

The full sheet of the survey results are available here.

One comment

  • I find it very interesting that such a high amount of students consume caffeine on a regular basis. When you mentioned how only 14% of students admit to being addicted to caffeine I wonder if many students don’t know that they are addicted. Many may actually be but have never stopped drinking to see the effects. It is so eye opening that many teens know that caffeine isn’t good for them but continue to consume large amounts regularly anyway. I think this can be related to some of the drug, alcohol and smoking/vaping problems at Darby and with general teens.

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