Caffeine is the answer

Halloween, one of the most exciting weekends of the year, has come and gone. Returning to schoolwork after a weekend of costumes, parties, candy and booze can seem mundane. How does one go back to business as usual? The answer to this question is very simple: caffeine.

As more studies are conducted on this wonder drug, further benefits are being discovered. Evidence shows that people who drink caffeine daily are less likely to be depressed, develop diabetes, have heart failure or develop Parkinson’s disease. Intrigued? Caffeine is also shown to improve memory and concentration.

Caffeine is a must. Photo by Allison Bourn.

So how can one use this drug to their advantage? If you haven’t already, try brewed coffee. With about 260 mg of caffeine in a 12-ounce cup, this’s your best bet. If you are a new coffee drinker, try adding light cream and sugar. Using brown sugar and half and half also gives the coffee a unique, sweet taste. Milk allergies and lactose intolerance shouldn’t stop you, though; almond milk and soy milk enhance the flavor of coffee just as well.

Lattes also offer a variety of different flavors that appeal to a lot of people, though they only contain about half the caffeine of black coffee. They are created with flavored syrup, shots of espresso and steamed milk, which makes them sweeter and creamier than brewed coffee. Around this time of year, holiday themed lattes make an appearance; this includes the beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte, Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brule Latte and Gingerbread Latte. These seasonal favorites are ordered frequently and are available for a limited time only.

Not loving coffee is no reason to be falling asleep in class though. Hot tea and tea lattes have almost as much caffeine as a regular latte. Whether you prefer sweeter teas, such as the “Passion” Tazo Tea, or spicier Tea Lattes like the Chai Tea Latte, how you enjoy your caffeine is up to you. Now, go grab a drink and finish that essay you’ve been avoiding; you owe it to yourself. Happy Sipping!