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Energy Drink Consumption Linked to ADHD, Depression, Risky Behavior: Study

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February 13, 2024Energy drink consumption is associated with an elevated risk for physical and mental health conditions such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation among children and adolescents, according to a new study published in the journal Public Health.1The study’s U.K.

research team linked energy drink consumption with a higher-than-average risk of poor academic performance, sleep problems, unhealthy dietary habits, and risky behaviors.

Children and teens who consumed energy drinks were more likely than non-drinkers to engage in unsafe sex and vehicle use, binge drinking, vaping, violent behaviors, and alcohol and substance use.Energy drink consumption was also tied to increased ADHD inattention, conduct disorder, and depressive and panic symptoms.

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