Understandably, every college in the world wants to be perceived as a respectable institution, with high moral and social values. Nevertheless, there are some educational institutions out there that go far beyond the usual standard of conduct and decide to issue some controversial regulations on student campuses.
Some of the most famous examples are the Pensacola Christian College, which has made dancing illegal, the Liberty University, which prohibits students from organizing social demonstrations and the Brigham Young University, that does not allow their male students to grow mustaches, beards or even sideburns past their earlobes.
Now it’s Vermont-based Middlebury College who is making headlines, with a controversial decision to ban energy drinks from being sold on campus. The rule was approved by the Community Council, which is composed of faculty members, but also twelve students.
Seeing how this rule was also approved by young people, one can only wonder what the reasoning behind this decision was. According to Middlebury’s Community Council, their scientific literature shows a strong connection between the consumption of energy drinks and risky behavior among students.
Their explanation is that such drinks encourage alcohol consumption, promiscuity, drunk driving and even the use of certain illegal substances.
The college’s newspaper highlights the fact that energy drinks like Monster, Red Bull, among others, are connected to a culture of stress and poor academic results, although they do not go into any scientific detail about it.
Even though the newspaper associates these types of drinks with stress, it’s more logical for stress to appear in this context because of the tiring exam sessions, which makes students resort to such drinks in the first place.
Another risk associated with these types of drinks is drunk driving. Once again, no scientific basis was offered for this theory, which makes it a presumption, rather than a causal relationship. Since energy drinks do not contain any alcohol, that makes it impossible for a student to be drunk after consuming it.
Nevertheless, the association may have come after observing the behavior of certain students, who enjoy combining alcohol with a good energy booster during parties. Even if that is the case, alcohol is still the culprit and not the energy drink.
Furthermore, the College believes that these types of drinks promote high-risk sexual activities. Therefore, it is necessary to prohibit their distribution from campuses.
Seeing how a high-risk sexual activity usually means not using contraceptive methods or engaging in sexual intercourse with multiple people, it is hard to figure out what is the exact connection between an energy-booster and a risky behavior.
With the way things are going at Middlebury College, one can only wait impatiently to discover what their next method of stimulating righteousness will be.
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