Caffeine for College Students

College students crave caffeine like a drug addict. It can be assumed that during exam time on a college campus, students would rather have a caffeine IV hooked up to them rather than buying a $3 coffee every couple of hours.

The technical term for caffeine or “chemical” is xanthine alkaloid. Caffeine is a stimulant drug that increases body actions like heart rate, blood pressure and metabolism. On top of speeding up the body’s systems the drug is a diuretic. Ever wonder why the bathroom is calling your name after that cup-a-Joe?

Corporations like Starbucks and Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf have made fortunes off of the naturally-grown coffee bean. Each brand seems to have a distinct and memorable taste. Starbucks tends to be bitterer than others, while Dunkin’ Donuts coffee has a smoother taste. No matter your preference, the benefits are the same.

Recently a non-coffee-drinker’s haven was born: energy drinks. Some have low sugar to no sugar, others with little carbs to no carbs. These drinks produce the same effect as coffee, but with a different taste.

I surveyed 63 students to find their favorite caffeinated beverage out of the top five drinks that contained the most caffeine. The five included were: Starbucks grande coffee, Rockstar Zero-carb, Monster, Red Bull and Diet Coke. Of the students surveyed, 41 percent preferred the highest-caffeine drink: Starbucks grande coffee that has 330 mg of caffeine. Second place was Diet Coke at 32 percent of students. This drink has only 45 mg of caffeine, a huge jump from Starbucks. Third place went to Monster which 13 percent preferred. Monster has 160 mg of caffeine, not a far jump from the 330 mg.

Poll Results

Studies have attempted to find if consuming caffeine is beneficial or harmful to your health. The consistent finding was drinking some form of caffeine before you exercise can increase your performance during your workout.