Caffiene addiction brews health concerns for students

Ligeia Peterson
Staff Writer

Coffee is a drink that has woven its way into people’s everyday routine for years, but how much coffee is too much coffee?

“I’ve been a coffee drinker for years, mainly due to my mother and father — they don’t function without coffee,” said English major Laura Cerezo. Cerezo, learning from the habit of her parents, picked up drinking coffee from a younger ago. Cerezo has one coffee a day, but doesn’t take in caffeine after 3 p.m. for health reasons.

“The worst is Dunkin Donuts; they have water for coffee,” says Cerezo. Like Laura, many students agree that Dunkin Donuts have watered down coffee.

This coffee craze isn’t just for students either. Professors across campus will go to the same lengths to get their morning cup of joe as students. “I drink two cups of coffee and I can survive off of one, but I prefer three,” said English professor Jennifer Austin.

“When I was your age, [coffee] was mandatory in the morning,” she said.

Emily Kornfein, liberal arts major, decided to join the coffee craze to give herself some boots of energy. “I drink one cup — I started drinking coffee last semester,” said Kornfein.

Although the caffeine from coffee helps to give you energy, it can have dangerous side effects. Caffeine can become extremely addictive, which is how it becomes mandatory for some people to start their day. According to healthline.com, a high caffeine consumption causes health concerns such as an irregular heartbeat and seizures.

Drinking coffee can also have health benefits by helping to protect the human body from receiving type two diabetes, and lowering the chances of getting Parkinson’s disease. Indulging in coffee daily can lower your chance of liver cancer by forty percent.

Whether it tastes good or you’re addicted to caffeine, there’s no denying that coffee consumption is something that a majority of Hudson Valley students and professors can relate to.

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