June 5, 2008
Health researchers have identified a surprising new link between risky behavior among teenagers and young adults and the rising popularity of energy drinks.
Super-caffeinated energy drinks like Red Bull, Monster, Full Throttle and Amp, have surged in popularity in the past decade. About a third of 12-to 24-year-olds say they regularly consume these energy drinks. Energy drinks are a $3 billion industry in the United States.
The trend has been the source of growing concern among health researchers and school officials. Around the country, the drinks have been linked with reports of nausea, abnormal heart rhythms and emergency room visits.
The finding doesn’t necessarily mean the drinks cause bad behavior. But the data suggest that regular consumption of energy drinks may be a red flag for parents that their children are more likely to take risks with their health and safety.