En­ergy drink use in teens has ad­verse ef­fects – Study

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AChap­man Uni­ver­sity fac­ulty mem­ber has pub­lished new re­search show­ing why many teenagers con­sume en­ergy drinks, how of­ten, the age they started and what in­flu­ences their choice of brands. Re­sults showed that 40 per­cent of teens aged 13 to19 re­ported an ad­verse ef­fect while in­gest­ing en­ergy drinks.

Al­though sev­eral of these ad­verse ef­fects go away on their own, oth­ers are po­ten­tially se­ri­ous. The most com­mon side ef­fects in­cluded: • In­som­nia • “Jit­tery” • Heart pal­pi­ta­tions • Ab­dom­i­nal pain • Nau­sea, vom­it­ing, or di­ar­rhea • Headache • Chest pain • La­bored breath­ing • Seizures

Re­searchers also learned that 15 per­cent of teens mix al­co­hol in their en­ergy drinks, while a smaller, yet con­cern­ing num­ber used en­ergy drinks with il­le­gal drugs (nine per­cent) such as co­caine and metham­phetamine. Ad­di­tion­ally, the re­searchers were sur­prised to learn that en­ergy drinks are per­ceived as healthy and are used for weight loss by some.

Chap­man Uni­ver­sity’s School of Phar­macy Gavin Her­bert En­dowed Pro­fes­sor of Phar­macy and the lead au­thor on this study, Sean Nordt, MD, PharmD, is an in­ter­na­tional ex­pert in emer­gency medicine and tox­i­col­ogy. While act­ing as a physi­cian, he said many pa­tients ques­tioned him about en­ergy drink use and how much is too much.

“I started see­ing a lot of it and learned this had not been stud­ied be­fore; there was no data on us­age,” Nordt said. “I con­ducted one of the first stud­ies eval­u­at­ing ef­fects of en­ergy drink con­sump­tion in adults and re­al­ized there is very lit­tle data on ado­les­cents us­ing en­ergy drinks.”

In 2017, the global en­ergy drinks mar­ket topped $55 bil­lion. With bright pack­ag­ing and provoca­tive names, teens say they drink these bev­er­ages for (in or­der of ap­pear­ance) en­ergy, as a study aide, to im­prove sports per­for­mance, “friends drink them,” it “feels cool,” to lose weight and taste, and while driv­ing.

Nordt said that he and his col­leagues demon­strated that both brand name and pack­ag­ing, as well as friends’ in­flu­ence played a role in teens’ choice of en­ergy drinks. With hun­dreds of these bev­er­ages now on the mar­ket, their choices were in­flu­enced by fla­vor, brand name, ease of ac­cess, brand friends drink, amount of caf­feine, per­ceived as “healthy,” pack­ag­ing, avail­able at home and cost.

Eighty-one per­cent of teens sur­veyed stated they drank the bev­er­age zero to once a week, while nearly 30 per­cent re­ported try­ing en­ergy drinks for the first time by age 12 or younger. There are cur­rently no age lim­i­ta­tions on the sale of en­ergy drinks, al­though sev­eral US cities have con­sid­ered re­strict­ing sales to mi­nors un­der 18.

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