An energy drink ban has been introduced at the Middlebury College in Vermont, with the aim of curbing risky sexual behavior, it has recently been announced.
The measure will be implemented starting from March 7, after having received a vote of confidence from the Community Council pertaining to the liberal arts institution.
12 student representatives alongside several professors and other members of staff have considered this prohibition necessary, so that people who attend Middlebury College can be more actively protected against the dangers posed by highly caffeinated beverages.
The energy drink ban actually means that stimulant refreshments such as 5-Hour Energy and Red Bull will no longer be commercialized at Wilson Cafe, the place where Middlebury College students can order and enjoy bagels, croissants, sandwiches, muffins and salads, as well as a wide array of cappuccinos, lattes, teas and espressos.
Youngsters will still be allowed to have such drinks on campus, provided that they purchase them elsewhere, and will still be able to buy other beverages rich in caffeine, such as Guayaki Yerba Mate organic tea.
Even though the initiative can’t completely stop the consumption of energy drinks among Middlebury students, it is hoped that it will still reduce the prevalence of such practices.
As specified in a flier that everyone who visits Wilson Cafe can instantly spot, reliance on overly caffeinated drinks can make students more prone to having all-nighters before important exams, by aiding sleeplessness and overexertion.
In addition, it can also exacerbate stress levels, by facilitating self-defeating studying habits, based on procrastinating until the very last minute, and cramming excessive amounts of information in a very short time span.
Moreover, the energy drink ban has also been deemed imperative because it can promote other unhealthy patterns, such as binge drinking, drug abuse, reckless sexual behavior and driving under the influence.
School officials have decided that the beverages should no longer be sold on campus, after students such as Myles Kamisher-Kock have insisted that the dining service’s aim should be to provide wholesome nourishment that can assist the learning process instead of disrupting it.
Other scholars have obviously been none too pleased about the interdiction, considering it an abuse of power. 22-year old Arnav Adhikari, who is also employed part-time at Wilson Cafe, has argued that business will now be significantly affected by the energy drink ban, given the fact that so many students used to order such beverages.
Adhikari has said that if health concerns are the reason behind this measure, similar prohibitions should also be placed on other products, such as fried meals, which are extremely popular among diners as well.
The senior has also admitted that he fails to understand how caffeinated beverages could foster promiscuity and negatively impact the pupils’ sexual practices.
Similarly, Kathleen Miller, assistant professor at the Research Institute on Addiction (pertaining to the University at Buffalo) has said that the refreshments don’t actually trigger reckless behavior, but are simply preferred by people who are already predisposed to such dangerous activities.
Meanwhile, Dan Detora, executive director of food service operations at Middlebury College, has defended the energy drink ban, explaining that it’s actually similar to prohibiting smoking in public spaces.
As pointed out by Detora, beverages such as Red Bull have been associated with a higher susceptibility to type 2 diabetes, panic attacks, liver damage, heart palpitations, seizures, sleep disturbances and mental disorders (anxiety, in particular).
In addition, according to research featured in the Journal of the American Medical Association in November 2015, a sole energy drink weighing 16 ounces can trigger a spike in blood pressure and exacerbate the level of norepinephrine (a stress hormone), putting even healthy individuals at risk of suffering a cardiac event.
That’s why tactics like the ones recently approved by Middlebury College officials have already been enacted by other academic institutions, whose leaders have been concerned about their students’ physical and emotional health.
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