Adolescent energy drink consumption: An Australian perspective.

Costa, Beth M, Hayley, Alexa and Miller, Peter 2016, Adolescent energy drink consumption: An Australian perspective., Appetite, vol. 105, pp. 638-642, doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2016.07.001.

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Title Adolescent energy drink consumption: An Australian perspective.
Author(s) Costa, Beth M
Hayley, Alexa
Miller, PeterORCID iD for Miller, Peter
Journal name Appetite
Volume number 105
Start page 638
End page 642
Total pages 5
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-10-01
ISSN 1095-8304
Keyword(s) Adolescents
Energy drinks
Quantitative research
Summary Caffeinated Energy Drinks (EDs) are not recommended for consumption by children, yet there is a lack of age-specific recommendations and restrictions on the marketing and sale of EDs. EDs are increasingly popular among adolescents despite growing evidence of their negative health effects. In the current study we examined ED consumption patterns among 399 Australian adolescents aged 12-18 years. Participants completed a self-report survey of consumption patterns, physiological symptoms, and awareness of current ED consumption guidelines. Results indicated that ED consumption was common among the sample; 56% reported lifetime ED consumption, with initial consumption at mean age 10 (SD = 2.97). Twenty-eight percent of the sample consumed EDs at least monthly, 36% had exceeded the recommended two standard EDs/day, and 56% of consumers had experienced negative physiological health effects following ED consumption. The maximum number of EDs/day considered appropriate for children, adolescents, and adults varied, indicating a lack of awareness of current consumption recommendations. These findings add to the growing body of international evidence of adolescent ED consumption, and the detrimental impact of EDs to adolescent health. Enforced regulation and restriction of EDs for children's and adolescents' consumption is urgently needed in addition to greater visibility of ED consumption recommendations.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.appet.2016.07.001
Field of Research MD Multidisciplinary
179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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