Summarised by Centrist
New research points to connections between energy drink consumption and a higher risk of children’s mental health problems. These include depression, suicidal thoughts, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and anxiety.
The research also pointed out an increased risk of severe stress, conduct disorder, panic behaviours, allergic diseases, dental problems, and insulin resistance linked to energy drink intake.
Boys were more likely to consume these beverages than girls, and there was a concerning association between energy drink consumption and alcohol use, binge drinking, smoking, and other substance use.
The study, conducted by Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health at Teesside University, and Newcastle University in the UK, analysed data from 57 studies involving over 1.2 million children and young individuals across 21 countries.
Experts are calling for government action, urging restrictions or bans on energy drink sales to children and young people, aligning with policies implemented in some countries to safeguard the mental and physical health of the youth.