According to Statista, one in four people drink an energy drink almost every day. Research has found that drinking energy drinks have a negative effect on the drinkers’ heart functions, but the market for energy drinks is still continuing to grow, and, according to The Chicago Tribune,“sales reached $2.8 billion in 2016,” and have only continued to rise.
At NDP, energy drinks have become a part of the school culture. Whether it be a Rebel from Dutch Bros or a can of Bang Energy, everyone has their personal favorite pick-me-up to get them throughout the day. Students use these drinks to help them finish homework on late nights and to stay awake during the day.
NDP junior Christian Galia said he drinks an energy drink three times a week, his favorite being Bang Energy, because “they taste good and they help keep [him] awake when [he] needs to be.” As an Advanced Placement student, Galia needs this energy to do assignments and study hard for exams. Though he said that he “crashes” after drinking an energy drink, he would rather crash later than do poorly on his assignments.
However, not all students enjoy having to use energy drinks to stay up. NDP senior Kira Carmical said, “the only positive to energy drinks is staying awake” and that “[she] feels horrible after drinking them.” Carmical also is the only student interviewed who drinks Red Bulls instead of Bang Energy, which could influence why she feels so bad after drinking one.
Nick Ward, an NDP junior, has a more methodical approach to how he consumes energy drinks. He said that he is not a fan of most energy drinks because “they taste disgusting and have calories.” However, he does drink Bang Energy because it has no calories and helps him power through long assignments without the ‘crash’ feeling that most energy drinks have on him.
Some NDP students, such as Gaby Mirasola, take energy drinks to a new level by drinking one or more a day. Mirasola said, “[she] drinks energy drinks to give her energy or [because of her] insomnia.” She needs the energy to survive the day after a night of doing homework and not being able to fall asleep afterwards.
No matter the reason, it is apparent that energy drink usage is on the rise at NDP. Though they vary in brand in flavor, energy drinks seem to be pervasive through the NDP campus throughout the day. Though energy drinks may be potentially harmful in the long run, they are effective as a short term solution to students’ struggle with exhaustion and sleep-deprivation, and students do not seem likely to change their energy drink habits any time soon.