By Alyssa Jiggetts, staff Intern
For all the coffee drinkers out there who can’t go a day without their Iced Macchiato from Dunkin’ Donuts, you are technically addicted to a stimulant. So, in official terms, you are a drug addict.
While coffee is great for keeping you up after your all-nighters, it can have multiple added effects like increasing headaches, agitation, and anxiety, and at this school, anxiety is high.
“I once had coffee before an exam, and I’ll never do it again” freshman Jacob Bowler said. “I ended up being more anxious than before, and I couldn’t concentrate at all due to the uneasiness.”
Coffee is great for short term effects, but if you continually drink coffee every day, you’ll build up a tolerance, making the effects less powerful, causing the user to keep drinking more and more.
“When you drink too much caffeine, these turn into very uncomfortable symptoms,” science teacher Claudia Singkornrat said. “This could also include lack of concentration because there is too much thought going quickly to the brain.”
When you continually drink coffee, you are slowly depending your working ability on it, and you’ll slowly grow to be addicted.
“I know some students who cannot work without coffee,” Singkornrat said, “And when they come in the morning without any, they’re basically not quite there, and they feel useless.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 70 percent of high-schoolers do not get enough sleep on school nights. Some of their sleep problems can be attributed to caffeine, which can remain in the body for seven hours after consumption and blocks the neurochemical that triggers sleepiness from doing its job.
“You build up adenine and it keeps you awake, so students don’t get the nice cycle of sleep,” Singkornrat said. “So the next morning they feel well, so they drink coffee to keep them awake, but it ends up not being enough, so they’ll keep drinking more, and it turns into an unhealthy cycle that’s hard to break.”
Not only will the feeling of being tired be difficult, but the physical withdrawal symptoms will batter you until you reach for some to alleviate the pain. It can potentially cause symptoms such as headaches, fatigue and a lack of attention when removed from the diet.
“When I didn’t drink coffee for a day, it would feel like I was sick,” freshman Carly Dempsey said. “I got pounding headaches and I even felt nauseous.”
Eating habits are often cemented in childhood and adolescence, so teens, when you consume sweet lattes every time you feel sluggish, you are creating a pattern that will eventually be hard break as an adult.