Gobbling caffeine pills to burn the midnight oil could instead see students getting burnt.
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Dr Jenny Beange, a practicing physician and chief executive officer of the Dubbo Plains Division of General Practice, said consuming too much caffeine could not only be harmful but also counterproductive.

Dr Beange believed a small percentage of students have “always used caffeine in either tablet or liquid form to stay awake”.

“So it does happen,” she said.

But while coffee has almost become its own food group for students hitting the books, there was a significance difference between cappuccino and capsule.

“It is so much more concentrated. You’ll get quite a strong cup of coffee in every pill. So there is the ability to have more in a shorter amount of time without realising the quantity you are taking,” she said.

“I think it is a worry that it is completely unregulated in that people could put themselves at harm.”

Dr Beange said the recommended maximum intake of caffeine was 600 milligrams per day and most caffeine pills contained about 100 milligrams.

“Six pills isn’t much. If people exceed this they are certainly having toxic levels of caffeine,” she said.

Ironically, boosting staying-away power may not convert into study performance.

“There is a limited benefit in staying awake because the body and the brain needs sleep to recover and function properly,” she said.

“Even though you might be more alert your ability to concentrate and process information is reduced.”

Dr Beange said she would certainly support stronger regulation if there were consensus for it.

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