As of March 7, the sale of all energy drinks will be officially banned on the campus of Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT, after officials deemed that they “may lead to problematic behavior like high risk sexual activity as well as increased risk of students using other “intoxicating” substances and driving drunk. The decision was approved by the College’s Community Council, which is made up of faculty members, staff and 12 students, following a community council meeting in January, when Dining Software Intern Myles Kamisher-Koch stated that the sale of these beverages on school grounds “did not align with Middlebury College’s goal to “nourish and nurture today and tomorrow by sustaining mind, body and earth.” This includes popular products such as Red Bull, Rockstar and 5-Hour Energy.
“The school has a responsibility to direct students to healthy choices through what they provide,” Kamisher-Koch told the school newspaper.
Although those products will no longer be sold on campus, students will still be able to buy them at retailers elsewhere.
Note: Large consumption of high energy drinks has also been linked to increased heart disease among young people.