Uni bans energy drinks because they 'promote risky sexual activity'
A university has banned energy drinks from campus because they promote "high-risk sexual activity".
The move was made by Middlebury College in Vermont, USA, to ban high energy, saying they led to “unsafe behaviour in young people”.
The University distributed a flyer around campus stating that energy drinks lead to “increased alcohol consumption, increased likelihood to drive while intoxicated, increased probability of use of other intoxicating substance, and increased participation in high-risk sexual activity.”
All things everyone would clearly do, if they only had the energy for it.
"High-risk sexual activity"
Energy drinks, often used by students when facing close deadlines or intense exam revision, were banned by the campus by the Uni's Dining Services - not the usual department you'd expect to be responsible for reducing sexual activity on campus (a task usually left to the Maths professors).
The decision was taken by the staff, who believed that they have a duty to “nourish and nurture students today and tomorrow by sustaining mind, body, and earth”. This includes curbing their sex lives, apparently.
Risky sexual behaviour
Red Bull gives you... the horn for risky sexual behaviour, apparently.
The leaflets distributed by the University claimed that drinking energy drinks encouraged bad behaviour in students, including risky sexual behaviour.
No, they don't mean having sex on half a tank of oxygen whilst scuba diving, or hiring a hitman to pursue you and your partner and attempting to have sex in the interim, but things like unprotected sex and sex with strangers.
A recent study found that mixing energy drinks with alcohol makes you consume a lot more alcohol than you normally would, which in turn can lead to risky behaviour.
"Equivalent of banning cigarettes"
The University Community Council voted in favour of the ban, without asking students about their feelings on the issue.
The final decision to ban the drinks was made final by Dining Services’ executive director of food service, Dan Detora. Speaking to NBC News, Mr Detora he said he saw it "as the equivalent of banning cigarettes."
A representative of the council, Emma Bliska, said that there wasn't any need to get the students involved in the decision, as they'd get over the loss eventually:
“I understand why the Student Government Association (SGA) is concerned, but we’re here to do the right thing and the right thing is to pass this because energy drinks shouldn’t be on this campus. People who are upset about it will get over it.”
The council also claimed in their leaflet that “Consuming [energy drinks] may result in serious health-related issues such as; cardiovascular events, seizures, and liver damage" and banning them would help the health of the students. A member of the Dining Services, Mr Kamisher-Koch, claimed that the drinks promote "poor academic tendencies" and led to a "culture of stress".
Since the ban, the impact on students' risky sex lives has been unclear, whilst sales of Jägermeister have fallen off a cliff.