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Psychological effects of energy drinks amongst teens.

Energy drinks have been on the rise over the years.

Many of the well known brands contain 80 mg of caffeine per 250 ml which places them above colas and are similar to coffee. Yet, some have even greater levels of caffeine in them in comparison to a standard coffee.

Now caffeine can be used positively in certain circumstances for alertness, focus, energy and endurance. The downside when used too often and by young non developed minds, caffeine can cause anxiety, insomnia, aggression, stress, depression and substance abuse to name a few.

Energy drinks also obscure the transmission of neurotransmitters, resulting in a fall in dopamine levels and initiate further cravings for energy drinks.

The research found that students who consumed energy drinks were two to three times more likely to say they used alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs than those who didn’t consume energy drinks.

For the reasons above, it is essential to monitor your teen’s use of energy drinks and watch for signs of abuse.

More importantly, communicate and chat to them on why they are harmful opposed to telling them they cannot buy them.

Communication is key.

If you love a good journal article and want to read some studies behind energy drinks affecting our teens, have a look at the below articles.

PMID: 30124307, PMID: 24481080, PMID: 34432594


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