Campus News Blog: Students Can Suffer from Withdrawal Symptoms of Caffeine

April 10, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Tiffany Adams

It’s 8 a.m. and those students who weren’t fortunate enough to schedule their classes after 11 a.m. are dragging across campus toward their first class of the day. Many students can be seen with a caffeine-induced beverage in hand, whether it is a Starbucks coffee, a diet Coke, or one of the mighty Monster energy drinks.

These morning juices, though great for giving students a boost in waking up, may be detrimental to your health, a recent CNN article reports.

If consumed too much, students may become dependent on the caffeine and experience withdrawal symptoms if they do not get their daily fix.

Symptoms may include headaches, fatigue, sleepiness, inability to focus, irritability, depression, and anxiety, and can begin after skipping just one cup of coffee a day. The worst cases tend to be those who drink caffeine heavily and then decrease that intake significantly.

Experts say the best way to prevent these withdrawal symptoms, or at least reduce them, is to slowly cut back on caffeine, rather than abruptly quitting altogether.

Suggestions for cutting back include reducing caffeine intake by somewhere between a half to a whole cup per day, substituting tea for coffee, or drinking replacing a few cups of caffeinated coffee with decaffeinated coffee.

Here at SMU, students can find alternatives to coffee right on campus. At Java City, baristas can make a variety of teas or smoothies.

The problem isn’t just with college students, though. Experts estimate that 80 to 90 percent of North American adults and children consume caffeine daily. So even after college students graduate, they still need to watch their intake of the powerful stimulant.

Arts Beat: Crooked Tree Coffeehouse is Haven for Indie Kids and Mainstream Coffee Lovers Alike

February 28, 2009 by · Comments Off 

“Johnny Citizen” performing at Crooked Tree Coffeehouse Feb. 21 with local art showcased behind him.

Posted by Rachael Morgan

Sure, at Starbucks you can get a “The Way I See It” paragraph on the back of your cup. Maybe you’ll see someone you know as they run in and then out. You could even buy a stuffed plush… even if you can’t figure out how it possibly connects to a coffee store. But can you drink your coffee in an actual mug while looking at art from local artists and listening to live music?

My guess is no. That’s exactly what you can do at Crooked Tree Coffeehouse.

The coffeehouse features local art that is periodically changed, and on Friday and Saturday nights after eight it hosts live musical acts. You could claim a table and study, claim a couch with friends and play Uno or Trivial Pursuit (just a couple of games provided by the coffeeshop), or take a chance with the coffeeshop’s collection of books. Did I mention there is free WiFi?

Crooked Tree is an actual house with three rooms opened up to each other and estate sale decor. It serves a variety of coffee and non-coffee drinks as well as ice cream and vegan pastries. It’s located at 2414 Routh St, just a turn off from the cosmopolitan streets of Uptown.

Crooked Tree might actually be Dallas’ worst kept secret, with rave reviews from D Magazine and Dallas Daily Candy, and 30% off coupons in the SMU coupon book, but it still has the indie, non-mainstream vibe that makes you think you stumbled upon the EP of an unknown band with a small but loyal following.