CAMPUS LIFE EDITOR
It’s not unusual to see Whittier College students with a can of Rockstar in hand
So why drink energy drinks? For one, they do not take any time to make, unlike coffee or tea, so they may be more convenient. There is also more variety among energy drinks, such as how much caffeine they have or how long the effects last. Some energy drinks can come with a crash afterward, but there are also other brands that prevent drinkers from feeling burnt out, such as 5-Hour Energy.
“Energy drinks, unless sugarless, contain caffeine and sugar in high quantities depending on the drink,” said Professor of Chemistry Dr. Devin Iimoto. “The caffeine and sugar provide an extra boost of energy to the body by increasing the amount of adenosine
“Although I try to avoid energy drinks, sometimes I do drink them,” said third-year Manuel Chavez. “Energy drinks aren’t something I drink on a regular basis, but only when I need to stay up all night. There’s been times I have been super tired and had physiological changes (heart rate/breathing changes), but in the end, I do what I have to do sometimes.”
Sometimes students will be consuming energy drinks in order to pull through and complete tasks, even if the side effects will take a toll on them. There are multiple side effects
“I have been trying to cut back because of weight and health, but generally I maybe have one a day if I need a pick me up,” said third-year Garrett Spejcher. “They won’t affect me generally depending on the brand, like Red Bull [gives me] a
Although there are other alternatives like coffee or tea, which both contain caffeine, it seems that energy drinks are used for temporary boosts. If you do decide that you need help staying awake during class or trying to push through when studying for that huge exam, please drink with caution.