Teens and Caffeine
by Pranjal Karanjkar
Teens drink caffeine for a variety of reasons. According to medicalnewstoday.com, it is common
for teens to resort to caffeine to pull an all-nighter to study or to stay alert in school.
In fact, the average teenager only gets around 6.5-7.5 hours of sleep according to Better Health
while the recommended amount is 8-10 hours. Because of this, students are often tired and don’t
perform their best in school. To try and combat the grogginess, students tend to drink large
amounts of coffee.
This is somewhat reasonable for teens because they do this out of mental pressure and anxiety.
Yet, teens don’t know that there are far healthier alternatives that can produce the same
outcomes! Some include tea, matcha and kombucha. These drinks contain less caffeine and are
far better for health.
There are also several unwanted side effects that caffeine produces, for example, insomnia,
restlessness, headaches, and difficulty concentrating. The recommended caffeine consumption is
about 1 cup of coffee for teens, and 2 for adults. However, teens often go above this limit but
when this occurs it becomes unhealthy.
As previously shown, research shows that coffee and caffeine may not be the best option. This is
the result of stress and workload, which almost every teen experiences. In South Brunswick High
School, teens were asked to give their opinion on caffeine.
Sophomore, Ananya Kulkarni stated her views on caffeine consumption.
She said, “I think that for teens, drinking coffee is okay once in a while. However, I see teens
drinking coffee in large amounts in the morning and I don’t see how that could be healthy”.
On the contrary, many teens stand by caffeine and truly don’t think it is all that bad.
Sophomore, Srishti Thakur said, “I think that drinking caffeine isn’t that bad. To be honest, it
helps to stay awake when I have homework from many classes.”
As shown above, many teens resort to caffeine products, primarily in coffee, to deal with stress
and time management. Although this may seem like a temporary solution, it can lead to worse
problems in the future, the most common being addiction. A way to resolve this problem can be
to slowly reduce the intake or resort to a healthier alternative.