Energy drinks are the gateway to cocaine addiction, study finds

Barsaba Taglieri
Agosto 12, 2017

A new study reveals that the humble energy drink you pick up at the corner store for an afternoon pick-me-up may be the gateway to cocaine use.

They differ from traditional caffeinated beverages by typically containing higher doses and concentrations of added caffeine in the form of sweet, flavoured beverages or shots created to be ingested quickly.

Gavin Partington, director general at the British Soft Drinks Association, which Red Bull is part of, told MailOnline: 'It's important to note that a study of this sort can not prove cause and effect.

The researchers analyzed 1,099 college students. Previously, it was observed that the fans of energy drinks 5 times more likely to receive a traumatic brain injury, in comparison with those who did not drink energy drinks. Interestingly, the researchers found no correlation between energy drink use and marijuana consumption.

The 17.4 percent of individuals who fell into the "intermediate trajectory" group also had an increased risk of substance use by age 25, while those whose consumption was nil or tailed off over time saw no adverse effects.

"Because other caffeine consumption was included in the model, it is intriguing that the relationship with substance use outcomes appears to be specific to ED consumption and not to other forms of caffeine." .

The authors hypothesized that ED consumption might have a unique contributory role for the development and escalation of NPS and cocaine use among young adults.

This is particularly due to energy drinks not being regulated by the FDA, as well as such beverages not being required to list their specific caffeine content.

'The European Food Safety Authority's latest opinion confirms the safety of energy drinks and their ingredients and therefore does not provide any scientific justification to treat energy drinks differently to other caffeine-based drinks such as coffee'.

There's probably a lot of parents wondering the same thing.

Her comments came as MEPs voted to veto four caffeine health claims for energy drinks.

About one in three teens and young adults regularly consume energy drinks.

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