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Relying on energy drinks is an unhealthy habit

By Alexandria Wachtel
Senior, communications

I am writing in response to “The energy drink compendium” article that ran Sept. 25. I, like many other typical college students, have consumed my share of energy drinks over the years, but after finding out how bad these drinks actually are for you, it makes me weary to try them again.

Many of these drinks can be classified as liquid stimulants and have a lot of the same negative, long-term aspects.

While the short-term effects and price are exactly what I am looking for, is there a healthier approach?

While Starbucks does offer a reasonable alternative, I feel like taking in massive amounts of espresso macchiato for $5 a pop also isn’t any more beneficial for your body or wallet. While Florida Gulf Coast University is known for being so “green,” I feel that a university so committed to the health of environment should also be committed to the health choices in its campus environment.

While this article did provide insight to which ones taste and will help you perform the best while staying in budget, I feel that this only encourages students to use them.

The promotion of these brands on campus, especially around finals, also gives desperate, naïve students an unrealistic view of the products and the harm they can cause.

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