Written By Jamelia Watson | Reporter
Walking into a classroom or through the halls of Princeton High School (PHS), one may recognize the familiar aroma of coffee. Coffee seems to be the go-to for a lot of people. According to StatisticBrain.com, the total percentage of Americans over the age of 18 that drink coffee everyday is 54%. This raises the question; are people becoming addicted to coffee?
Mrs. Heckman, biology teacher believes that though she is not a real addict, coffee helps her in her everyday life.
“[An addiction is] a psychological or physical dependence on any chemical substance. I don’t think I’m physically addicted to [coffee] because, if I go a day without it, I don’t have symptoms. I would say I’m a border line addict,” said Heckman
Symptoms from withdrawal can range from minor headaches to and anxiety to hallucinations
“I’ve gotten to the jittery stage; it’s not fun. In moderation it’s a good drink. I have days when I feel like I’m doing fine without coffee, but there’s days I know I need 2 cups,” said Heckman
Caffeine, the active ingredient within coffee, is a stimulant.
“It’s a chemical and it works in the brain and it keeps you more alert. I don’t consider it should be classified as a drug; it occurs naturally in chocolate, it comes from a natural way (coffee beans). A lot of chemicals we use do come in natural ways,” said Heckman
To the average coffee drinker, coffee is considered to be a part of a normal routine.
Mr. Cheek, social studies teacher associates coffee with everyday life.
“Caffeine as far as coffee is a sign to me that the day has officially started, I think the average American is busier than we need to be. We use caffeine to maintain that level,” said Cheek.
As far as the psychological effect, coffee/caffeine can allow a person to “think”. Some need it to start the day.
“With it I feel like my day is getting off to a solid start. If I’m not following my routine, I feel like I’m missing out. It might make me more awake, but I think a hot mug of water with flavor would have the same affect. ” said Cheek.
The ages of coffee drinkers range from early teens to all of adult hood, most coffee drinkers start becoming more dependent on coffee between the ages 20-30.
“[I started around my] mid 20’s. When I was 26, I was around other people, and I thought it smelled good but tasted bad,” said Cheek.
“After I had children, I remember a particular morning and trying to manage being a working mom and a full time teacher, I needed coffee,” said Heckman.
In the end, although coffee may be considered an addiction for a few teachers at Princeton, it keeps them alert and wide awake to teach their students.