About Careers MedBlog Contact us

Teens Consume Caffeinated Beverages as a Sign of Grown-up

by Julia Samuel on March 9, 2016 at 10:23 PM
Font : A-A+

Teens Consume Caffeinated Beverages as a Sign of Grown-up

Drinking caffeinated beverages at a very young age, especially in teens may cause harmful effects and health risks.

Educating teenagers is the only way to curb heavy consumption and lower potential risks in them, finds a study.


"By developing more comprehensive educational strategies and enhancing policies, it may be possible to decrease caffeine use in adolescents and mitigate the potential health risks," said senior author Danielle S. Battram from Brescia University College in Ontario, Canada.

Caffeine overconsumption and caffeine intoxication have serious health effects, even in moderate doses.

"With that in mind, we need to correct the misconceptions adolescents have regarding certain aspects of caffeine," Battram added in the paper published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

For this, the team developed a study to determine attitudes and beliefs as well as factors influencing caffeinated beverage consumption among adolescents.

In a study of 166 youth (42 percent male and 72 percent in grades 9 and 10), researchers found that nearly half (44.6 percent) of the respondents drank caffeinated beverages one to six times per week.

Only 4.8 percent of those surveyed never consumed drinks containing caffeine, but 11.4 percent had a caffeinated beverage daily.

Adolescents indicated they perceived drinking caffeinated beverages as a sign of being grown up and the lack of barriers and easy access to those beverages also influenced how often they would drink those beverages.

Creating specific education strategies to curb caffeine intake was identified as an important next step. Further education could lead to better decision-making regarding caffeine intake, the authors noted.

Source: IANS


Recommended Reading

Latest Diet & Nutrition News

Peanuts are Good for Your Vascular Health: Here's How
Eating peanuts and peanut butter rich in polyphenols can improve vascular health in youngsters and healthy people.
Eating a Rainbow can Make You Slim and Trim: Here's How
Let's eat a rainbow for healthy weight loss: Adding colors to your plate by including bright colored fruits and vegetables can help you lose weight in a healthy way.
Unlocking the Science of Dieting
New study reveals the brain's role in amplifying hunger signals during dieting and the hidden factor behind it.
High Fat and Sugar Foods May Adapt Your Brain for Craving
The regular consumption of high-fat and sugar foods switches up the brain's innate reward system such that it unconsciously prefers these foods again consistently.
High Levels of Magnesium May Prevent Dementia
New study examined the association between dietary magnesium (Mg) intake and brain volumes and white matter lesions (WMLs) in middle to early old age.
View All
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close

Teens Consume Caffeinated Beverages as a Sign of Grown-up Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests