Do adolescents drink too much caffeine? It is tempting in college to grab a quick coffee when studying for an exam or working on a project. However, a large number of students feel they cannot function daily without coffee or some type of caffeine. Caffeine is a drug, it is readily available to all as a socially acceptable psychoactive substance. Not only coffee, but tea and sodas also have caffeine. It is necessary to explore how “safe” it is for adolescence and young adults. The Mayo Clinic states that a maximum of 100 mg of caffeine is safe for adolescents, and none for any children younger than 14. Many adolescents are consuming between 60-800 mg of caffeine per day based upon prior studies. These intake levels can induce anxiety, sleeping issues, tremors, heart palpitations, gastrointestinal issues and even death. It is interesting that although it is a drug, caffeine is so accepted that there are coffee shops and cafes everywhere you go. It is the only brain influencing drug I can think of that is not severely frowned upon or illegal.
Short video about students from Texas Tech and their opinions on daily coffee consumption.