Once, only elite athletes took “performance enhancers”...
Plenty of us need that large cappuccino to get us through the day at work.
But if you’re a uni student, you’ve an important exam on tomorrow (that you haven’t studied for) and you’ve only just got home from your 9-to-5 gig, well, a large cappuccino just won’t cut it.
A couple of Red Bulls might get you there…. Or maybe, some ADHD meds. Those will get you firing.
Some uni students are getting hopped up on ADHD drugs like Ritalin or “dexies” to help them cope with their studies, a first-of-its-kind report has found.
They’re a saviour for many desk-chained students trying to pull an all-nighter putting the finishing touches on that essay, or cramming for that exam.
But once upon a time only elite athletes took drugs or supplements to reach “peak performance”. Now it’s the nerds – and everyone else.
Let’s start at your suburban gym. In between weights, almost every bloke is rattling a shaker with a protein drink in it. They might not know exactly why they’re using it, but they know it makes them feel and look stronger.
It’s definitely not just the protein drinks they’re using. Getting huge is huge business. There’s been a massive surge in the amount of anabolic steroids detected at the border, the latest Customs report says. It’s trebled in the last three years.
Peak performance for amateurs.
Then look at your morning routine. During the London Olympics we were bombarded with ads front-loaded with celebrities representing the vitamin company Swisse. So it’s not surprising that some figures out there suggest around 10 million Australians – nearly half the country – take vitamins to support their diet.
Most of us take them so we can tick of all our nutritional boxes. Don’t have time to plan a balanced diet? Take a pill, and, like magic, you’re a dietary god or goddess for the day (or you’ve just got very expensive piss).
We treat our medicine cabinet with the same attitude. There have been warnings lately that doctors are overprescribing antibiotics – with many feeling pressured by patients into making useless prescriptions.
It’s an attitude of convenience that’s touching almost every part of our health.
The drugs or the supplements can make us better, now, who cares about the consequences of not taking care of ourselves properly.
It might be because we have a lot on our plates. We can’t do everything we want, all the time. And these drugs and supplements are especially good at making up for lost time. At giving us a chance at being our best.
Not enough time to cook a proper meal? Have a protein shake. Maybe shoot up some roids. Too tired to concentrate? Pop a dexie.
The interesting question is what we’re turning ourselves into by doing that.
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