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Energy Drinks Are a Gateway to Cocaine, According to a New Study

Energy Drinks Are a Gateway to Cocaine, According to a New Study”

A new study finds energy drinks might be a gateway for substance abuse.

A study found 21 to 25-year-olds who drank large amounts of the sugar and caffeine-filled products were much more likely to get hooked on the drug.

Study author Dr Amelia Arria from the University of Maryland, said: 'The results suggest that energy drink users might be at heightened risk for other substance use, particularly stimulants'.

Boys and girls who are fond of energy drinks with high levels of caffeine, subsequently proved to be more often seen in the use of psychoactive substances, compared to those who are indifferent to energy drinks.

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.

Although the researchers were unable to pinpoint a reason for the link between energy drink consumption and stimulant use, they have begun advocacy measures to limit the consumption rate of highly-caffeinated beverages, particularly among youth.

Those in the "intermediate trajectory" group (17.4%) were also at increased risk for using cocaine and NPS relative to those in the "non-use trajectory" who never consumed energy drinks (20.6%).

Additional findings by the team found those in the "desisting trajectory" group (those whose consumption declined steadily over time) and the non-use group were not at higher risk for cocaine abuse, NPS and AUD.

It is unclear why energy drink consumption is linked to illegal drug use, according to the researchers.

While Dr Arria has called for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate energy drinks, here in Europe there is no sign of caffeine health claim approvals in energy drinks. The findings were published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. "We want to know whether or not adolescents are similarly at risk for future substance use".

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



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