College Students Legit Love Their Coffee
It’s that time. Lots of young people are leaving home for college. Some for the first time, others not. It’s exciting to watch them venture forth into the big, wide world. We can only guess what their lives are like on a day-to-day basis. One thing we do know, however, is that they are drinking coffee. And apparently lots of it.
A study of college students’ coffee drinking habits was published in Clinical Nutrition in April 2019. The study included 1248 students from five colleges around the country (U Mass Amherst; Louisiana State University; Kent State (OH); California State University at Fullerton; and Tufts University (MA).
Caffeine, mainly from coffee, was consumed by 92% of the college students over the 1-yesr study period. Overall, they rated caffeine positive, citing its ability to make them feel more awake (79%), improve concentration (31%), increase physical energy (27%), improve mood (18%), and alleviate stress (9%).
In addition, 68% of the students said they actually enjoy the taste of coffee, while 39% said they enjoy the sense of community and social interaction that comes with coffee drinking.
College kids are tracking with American society and global culture, as a whole. According to the National Coffee Association, roughly 65% of Americans drink coffee in the morning. This translates into 400 million cups of coffee a day and 146 billion cups of coffee a year.
Wow. Are we overachievers or what? Well. That depends on how you define achievement and what you are trying to achieve. Regardless, as college kids have discovered, if what you desire requires energy, drive, persistence, and the ability to focus, coffee is the perfect tool.
Drink up and have a great Labor Day!