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Commentary: A teen’s perspective on coffee addiction

For many people (including myself), the day cannot begin without a cup of coffee. Coffee and other coffee-related drinks (latte, cappuccino, etc.) are practically a life source for students. Late-night study sessions, completing high-priority assignments – it is these nights that students’ coffee addiction comes to light. Where would we be without coffee?

I know that I would not be better off. Coffee is known to act as a stimulant to the nervous system. This fact is what attracts teens to coffee in the first place. On a sluggish morning, coffee is an ideal pick-me-up. Morning coffee is an easy way to combat sleep deprivation.

To beat deadlines, study for tests or even just make up for time wasted on Tumblr or other social media sites, teens turn to caffeine drinks. This is proven by the popularity of Starbucks, Tim Hortons and even McDonald’s coffee. I should know; I work in the food industry near student residences.

Sometimes even I have to ask how much coffee is too much. While my dad likes to say that I have a love of coffee as writers often do, caffeine has negative effects in large doses. After drinking coffee habitually, withdrawal can be tricky, and being overcaffeinated can cause jitters.

In smaller doses, coffee can help people accomplish work with greater energy, and it contains antioxidants.

Does coffee do more harm than good? To me, everything in moderation is a good policy. And it is OK every now and then to demand coffee.

Arianna Gabriel is a junior at Denis Morris Catholic High School in St. Catharines, Ont.