Energy Drinks Increase Risk of Drug Use?

New research from the Center on Young Adult Health and Development at the University of Maryland in College Park has shown that adults who have energy drinks regularly are more likely to use illegal substances and drink alcohol excessively in later life.

Energy drinks are most popular in teenagers and young adults, and through continuous research on these groups of people, it is hoped that regulations will be made on energy drinks to reduce the amount of flushing, headaches, abnormal heart rates, nausea, lethargy, loss of consciousness, and, in the most severe cases, death that is caused by them.

During the study, it was found that participants who had a persistent trajectory of energy drink consumption had a much higher risk of being diagnosed alcohol use disorder at age 25.  In addition, an intermediate amount of energy drink consumption was associated with a higher risk of using drugs such as cocaine and NPS.

From this study, the researchers hope that future studies will focus on younger people and find ways to reduce the positive correlation between energy drinks and drug/alcohol use.

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