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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Energy Drinks Tied to Teen Substance Use

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Teenagers and young adults consume more energy drinks than any other age group, foregoing traditional forms of caffeine like coffee. Energy drinks contain ingredients that are much stronger than a normal cup of coffee which makes them more popular. New research has shown that teens who consume energy drinks may be more likely to use alcohol, drugs or cigarettes, Health Day reports.

Nearly 22,000 students in grades 8, 10 and 12, took part in the study. The group that was most likely to use energy drinks were eighth graders. Researchers found that 30 percent said they drank high-caffeine energy drinks, more than 40 percent drank regular soft drinks, and 20 percent drank diet soda daily. Those who consumed energy drinks were two to three times more likely to admit using drugs, alcohol or cigarettes.

Teens from broken families and those whose parents had completed a lower level of education were more likely to consume energy drinks. Teens who drank soft drinks were less likely than teens who consume energy drinks to use alcohol and drugs.

“The current study indicates that adolescent consumption of energy drinks/shots is widespread and that energy drink users also report heightened risk for substance use,” writes researchers from the University of Michigan.

Mixing energy drinks with alcohol has become a common choice amongst the younger age groups. It is often the case that people think that the energy drink makes them less drunk, allowing them to consume more alcohol. This common misconception has led to alcohol related car crashes and alcohol poisonings.

The research was published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine.
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