July 6, 2015

More teenagers are reaching for energy drinks than ever before, and that's cause for concern, according to a July 2015 article in TIME magazine by Alexandra Sifferlin that explores the popularity, marketing, and health concerns of energy drinks consumption among adolescents.

Dr. Amelia Arria, Director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development at the University of Maryland School of Public Health and Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health, said that energy drinks have been linked to more hospital visits than soda or coffee.

"We just don't see the same safety concerns with soda or coffee," Dr. Arria told TIME magazine. "Why it's different, we still need to know. With energy drinks, scientists and clinicians have real concerns."

Energy drinks are uniquely difficult for public health experts to evaluate, in part because their ingredients are considered proprietary, so it's difficult to know exactly how much of an ingredient is present, according to the TIME article. Many groups are pushing for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to issue warning labels on energy drinks. 

Dr. Arria is a nationally recognized young adult health expert whose primary research centers on the different risk factors associated with mental health and substance abuse among adolescents and young adults. She is the Principal Investigator on the College Life Study, a longitudinal prospective study of health-risk behaviors among college students.

Read the TIME article here [PDF]. 


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