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Surviving college on coffee

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Nicole Henson

April 5, 2017

Alcohol and amphetamines take a hard second to the most abused drug in America, caffeine. Every morning, I hand some fratty-coffee-shop-dude my $1.88 in return for a cup of their Vanilla Nut roast so that I can start my day. At least 68 million Americans drink three cups of coffee or more every day,...

Wildcats on caffeine

The United States has the highest caffeine consumption in the world. Photo credit: Ryan Corrall

Eric Mcguire

February 22, 2016

College life is full of peaks and valleys. This is especially true if caffeine is what fuels you. Students may become stuck in a cycle, stopping their caffeine intake when their tolerance becomes too high, and starting up again to feel that indispensable burst of energy. While there are a wide range of...

Coffee high

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Sam Rios

February 18, 2016

Just take a look around campus on any given morning. Lattes, cold brews and iced coffees. Students line up like zombies just to get their morning fix. No matter how they are consumed, these drinks are feeding a bigger problem: outrageously high caffeine tolerances among college students. This is not just an ...

Not all heroes wear capes, baristas wear aprons

Kyle Dempsey prepares to go to work and serve as a barista. Photo credit: Kameryn Whipple

Kameryn Whipple

August 31, 2015

Students are fueled by coffee.Walk around the Chico State campus and notice coffee in the hands of several passing students, no matter what time of day. According to 2014 U.S. National Library of Medicine article, 70 percent of college students receive insufficient sleep. The bottom line is, students ...

Coping with coffee

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Miles Inserra

April 6, 2015

The working man and college student alike need their fix of caffeine to function. Without it comes the headache and the irritation, the drowse that leads to a stupor, because caffeine is a drug and as such causes withdrawal symptoms. But wake up and smell the coffee beans. I cannot advocate ...

Coping without coffee

Veronica De La Cruz

Veronica De La Cruz

December 16, 2014

  Withdrawal symptoms begin within 24 hours of quitting. The first things one may notice is that the mind isn't clear, there's a lack of alertness and muscles ache despite an absence of strenuous activity. Then the worst part creeps up: the throbbing headache that keeps one from going on w...

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