Are teachers addicted to coffee?

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, 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.

Mrs. Heckman poses with one of her trusty Disney portable coffee mug
Mrs. Heckman poses with one of her trusty Disney portable coffee mug

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