College students all over the world understand and appreciate the coffee culture we live in today. One cup in the morning to wake you up, another on the way to class, a third one to keep you awake for your second class and pretty much whenever you can get your hands on it the rest of the day. College campuses are practically built for students with coffee addictions. Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Panera, and even small markets are placed strategically close to college campuses to attract college students, and it definitely works.
However, over four cups of coffee is too much for your body to handle, and can have lifetime effects. Also taking into consideration, the average "cup" of coffee you drink is actually six to eight ounces larger than what a cup actually measures out to be. Some harmful effects of caffeine include headaches, nausea, dizziness, hallucinations and even death if you consume enough to overdose. But what kind of college student isn't going to have a slight coffee addiction by the end of the semester? Actually, as long as you're not drinking obsessive amounts of caffeine, coffee can actually have positive effects on your body.
Other than the obvious symptom of being more alert, coffee can actually make you smarter. When you drink coffee, dopamine and norepinephrine are released from the brain, which actually improve memory, mood and general reaction time. Caffeine also stimulates your nervous system, making it easier to burn fat and lose weight, but may also increase athletic performance up to 12 percent. Drinking more than four cups of coffee can even decrease your risk of developing Type II Diabetes, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
With over 100 million people drinking coffee every day in The United States, you're bound to fall into the trend at some point. Plus, how else would you pull all-nighters studying for exams, go to class with two hours of sleep because you were out on night or binge watching Netflix? Too much of anything can be bad for you, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't enjoy all the different frappuccino flavors or espresso shots Starbucks has to offer!