Let’s be honest, when you think about college, two words come to mind- energy drinks and sex. It’s the way tired, stressed out students get through those four years, amiright? So why is it that the uptight folks at Middlebury College in Vermont have to put a kibash on all the fun?
According to NBC News, campus officials say the drinks are linked to “problematic behavior” since they are often mixed with alcohol. They say that making energy drinks available will contribute to “high-risk sexual activity” and drunk driving, among other decisions made under the influence. In addition, the drinks do not align with dining services mission to “nourish” the students.
Naturally, some students are pushing back.
Arnav Adhikari, a 22-year-old senior from India who works at an on-campus cafe, said he used to sell “loads” of the drinks and that “they still sell lots of fried food.”
Red Bull contains 80 milligrams for each of its 8.4-ounce cans — about the same amount as an 8-ounce cup of coffee. A Regular Strength 5-hour ENERGY shot contains about the same caffeine content as a 12-ounce cup, according to its website.
“There are more important things for them to address,” Adhikari told NBC News. “And what do energy drinks have to do with sexual activity?”
Dan Detora, executive director of dining hall services, backs the initiative. “I see it as the equivalent of banning cigarettes,” he said. He mentioned research showing that energy drinks can lead to poor heart health, liver health, and even seizures.
Yet the controversy of this decision lies in the fact that by the college level, you should be able to choose what drinks you would like to consume.
According to the Middlebury Campus, the ban will begin March 7 and affect brands like Red Bull and 5-Hour Energy shots. That being said, the ban only applies to on-campus sales, so no one is stopping student from buying energy drinks elsewhere. Aka, there is no point to all this.
Can these kids live?
[Via NBC News]