A new study coming from Middlebury College in Vermont has reached the conclusion that energy drinks are to blame for the risky behavior of those who consume them. While the accusation that drinks like Monster, Burn of Red Bull lead to sexuality activity of high risk might not come as a surprise, the person who conducted the study does: a college student.
The report on the matter was published in the journal The Middlebury Campus by the student intern at the university with the same name. Myles Kamisher-Koch works at the Dining services of the college. Probably also influenced by the nature of his work, he started researching the effects of energy drinks and has thus discovered a link between the consumption of drinks like Red Bull or Burn and the necessity of engaging in promiscuous activities.
The Middlebury College took the whole matter very seriously and decided to ban the sales of all energy drinks on the perimeter of the campus. Kamisher-Koch is supported by many since his theory has long been thought upon. However, there are also numerous students who resent this ban. Those have stated that he has reached a conclusion based on unrelated factors and then modeled the evidence by his will to prove a false point.
This did not influence the university, which continued to praise Kamisher-Koch’s work. Dining hall executive director Dan Detora personally stated that the student’s research proves once more the negative effects of energy drinks.
However, the claims went even further when the college quoted a part of the report to explain that addiction to energy drinks can also cause alcohol abuse.
All in all, the whole research study seems to be a reason for Middlebury College to ban energy drinks. According to addiction researcher Kathleen Miller, there is no clear link between high-risk behavior and energy drinks alone. There are other factors that work together towards this kind of behavior, and people who are more likely to behave this way are also more inclined to consume energy drinks. Therefore, the theory can also go the other way around.
In the end, the whole matter seems a waste of resources and time because students can find other places to buy the energy drinks. A ban on the consumption of those drinks in the perimeter of the campus would have been more effective, but it would have certainly upset many.
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