A college?features?a ban of?the sale?of one\’s drinks on its campus as of March 7, claiming that the drinks can lead to sexually risky behaviors.
Middlebury College in Vermont has banned the drinks due to the negative behaviors that may result from its consumption, including high-risk intercourse and alcohol abuse. ?The college also claims the drinks can impact the academic performance of scholars at the school in addition to creating a culture of stress.
Included within the ban are brands for example Red Bull, Rockstar, and Five-Hour Energy. ?“The school has a responsibility to direct students to healthy choices through the things they provide,” Dining Software Intern Myles Kamisher-Koch told the college paper, The Middlebury Campus, reports Susan James for NBC News.
The issue began on January 19 when?Dining Software intern Myles Kamisher-Koch arrived at a Community Council meeting with scientific research that suggested the risks associated with the beverages contradict the Dining Service mission statement, which said in part,?\”Nourish and nurture today and tomorrow by sustaining mind, body, and earth.\”
Kamisher-Koch claimed that?\”up to 25% of current drinkers combine alcohol based drinks with energy drinks.\”
Despite the numerous reports that have been completed on the negative effects that consuming?energy drinks can have on an individual, none of them discuss a connection to being more prone to engage in high-risk sexual activity. ?The studies do suggest that drinking these beverages can boost the likelihood of being identified as having heart disease or diabetes.
A study performed in 2012 did suggest that mixing energy drinks with alcohol increased sexually risky behaviors in males, however. ?“Mixing energy drinks with alcohol can result in unintentional overdrinking, since the caffeine causes it to be harder to evaluate your own level of intoxication,” lead researcher Kathleen E. Miller said.
Miller went on to say that the caffeine found in energy drinks can increase a person’s desire to drink more alcohol. ?That individual will then drink more overall, not only alcohol. ?Doing so, she says, encourages unsafe sex to take place, including not using condoms.
The college isn\’t the first to place such a ban. ?In a statement from September 2011, the University of New Hampshire announced it might be no longer selling energy drinks in any of its stores or vending machines starting in January 2012. ?The school said its decision came as a result of research showing that students who consume the beverages are twice as likely to injure themselves to begin needing medical assistance, or being taken advantage of on a sexual level, when compared to those who only drank alcohol, reports Kevin B. Atencio for MicroCap Magazine.
However, the school released a separate statement three days later saying the ban would not be taking effect, as university data didn\’t find \”clear medical evidence of consistent patterns of caffeine abuse or of alcohol abuse exacerbated through energy drinks among UNH students.\”