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A survey of energy drink consumption patterns among college students

Overview of attention for article published in Nutrition Journal, October 2007
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Title
A survey of energy drink consumption patterns among college students
Published in
Nutrition Journal, October 2007
DOI 10.1186/1475-2891-6-35
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Authors

Brenda M Malinauskas, Victor G Aeby, Reginald F Overton, Tracy Carpenter-Aeby, Kimberly Barber-Heidal

Abstract

Energy drink consumption has continued to gain in popularity since the 1997 debut of Red Bull, the current leader in the energy drink market. Although energy drinks are targeted to young adult consumers, there has been little research regarding energy drink consumption patterns among college students in the United States. The purpose of this study was to determine energy drink consumption patterns among college students, prevalence and frequency of energy drink use for six situations, namely for insufficient sleep, to increase energy (in general), while studying, driving long periods of time, drinking with alcohol while partying, and to treat a hangover, and prevalence of adverse side effects and energy drink use dose effects among college energy drink users. Based on the responses from a 32 member college student focus group and a field test, a 19 item survey was used to assess energy drink consumption patterns of 496 randomly surveyed college students attending a state university in the Central Atlantic region of the United States. Fifty one percent of participants (n = 253) reported consuming greater than one energy drink each month in an average month for the current semester (defined as energy drink user). The majority of users consumed energy drinks for insufficient sleep (67%), to increase energy (65%), and to drink with alcohol while partying (54%). The majority of users consumed one energy drink to treat most situations although using three or more was a common practice to drink with alcohol while partying (49%). Weekly jolt and crash episodes were experienced by 29% of users, 22% reported ever having headaches, and 19% heart palpitations from consuming energy drinks. There was a significant dose effect only for jolt and crash episodes. Using energy drinks is a popular practice among college students for a variety of situations. Although for the majority of situations assessed, users consumed one energy drink with a reported frequency of 1 - 4 days per month, many users consumed three or more when combining with alcohol while partying. Further, side effects from consuming energy drinks are fairly common, and a significant dose effect was found with jolt and crash episodes. Future research should identify if college students recognize the amounts of caffeine that are present in the wide variety of caffeine-containing products that they are consuming, the amounts of caffeine that they are consuming in various situations, and the physical side effects associated with caffeine consumption.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 <1%
Canada 2 <1%
United Kingdom 2 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
New Zealand 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Portugal 1 <1%
Unknown 477 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 197 40%
Student > Master 56 11%
Researcher 37 8%
Student > Ph. D. Student 34 7%
Student > Postgraduate 29 6%
Other 71 15%
Unknown 64 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 106 22%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 60 12%
Nursing and Health Professions 48 10%
Psychology 47 10%
Social Sciences 29 6%
Other 127 26%
Unknown 71 15%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 64. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 16 November 2018.
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