Energy Drinks and Adolescents –
What Should Health Practitioners Know?
SOURCE: Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics 2012 (Dec); 13 (1): 1042-1044
Sharon Gordon, BAppSc(Chiro), DICCP
Private practice, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia.
Energy Drinks are readily available in supermarkets throughout the world. There are currently no restrictions or guidelines on safe consumption by children. Energy drink consumption by adolescents is on the rise, as companies continue to aggressively market their product to this demographic. It has become socially acceptable for children to consume these drinks, as there is a perception that the products are safe. In addition, they have become a popular accessory in the youth extreme-sport culture. Overall, research on adolescent energy drink consumption is lacking, however side effects similar to that seen in adults, have been reported in the adolescent population. The chiropractor must be aware of these side effects, including how they may relate to presenting symptoms, and educate their patients on the dangers of energy drink consumption.
Key Words: energy drink, caffeine, adolescent, chiropractic
To review the literature on energy drink consumption amongst adolescents, and discuss the physiological effects that may present to the chiropractic office.
Scientific journal databases were searched, including PubMed, Medline, Proquest, Cochrane, CINAHL, Medscape, and Index to Chiropractic Literature. An open internet search was also performed.
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