Energy drinks – A source of depression, substance abuse in teens

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According to a recent study conducted at the University of Waterloo in southwestern Ontario found that specifically High school students who are fond of having energy drinks have high chances of developing depression and substance abuse.

The study, based on data from the 2012 Student Drug Use Survey, examined energy drink use among 8,210 high school students in grades 7, 9, 10 and 12 in Atlantic Canada.
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“While it remains unclear why these associations exist, the trend is a concern,” said Sunday Azagba, a researcher at the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo in southwestern Ontario in a statement.
“These drinks appeal to young people because of their temporary benefits like increased alertness, improved mood and enhanced mental and physical energy,” he said.

Further the research states that the energy drinks including Red Bull, Rockstar energy and Monster Energy are popular among teens. Kids find these drinks comforting due to short term benefits including physical energy, mood enhancement and instant energy. The sad part is consuming these drinks regularly may give birth to long term problems like sleep disorders, nausea and even cardiovascular issues.

Dr. Azagba, stated, “Given the negative effects of excessive caffeine consumption as well as the coincident occurrence of the use of energy drinks and other negative behaviors in teens, the trends we are seeing are more than cause for concern.”

The study were published this month in the journal Preventive Medicine.