Energy drinks have always been a matter of debate in the present scenario. They have been accused of being a cause of heart attacks. Following this, they have been banned from many colleges. But now, these drinks are facing a more severe accusation. They are now being tested for elevation in drug addiction. They are suspected to have a hand in increasing drug addiction.
Who conducted the study?
The University of Maryland School of Public Health researcher says their “results suggest that energy drink users might be at heightened risk for other substance use, particularly stimulants.” They published this information in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence journal. They said that the energy drinks may stimulate the urge to take drugs.
The results of the study
The study of 1099 college students indicated that 51.4 % were in a habit of the energy drink consumption. They were even more prone toward the stimulant drugs at the age of 25. The 17.4 % of the lot was not in a habit of these drinks. They had less consumption. They were still found to be addicted to cocaine and prescription drugs. Only 20.6 % students never had the energy drinks. They were found to be least prone to getting addicted to drugs and cocaine.
During the study, other influential factors were controlled. These factors included caffeine consumption, demographic situations, etc. Earlier, Chuck Schumer, the Senate Minority leader had called for an investigation. He asked FDA to examine the caffeinated raw cacao snuff Coco Loko.