Any teen, any age, can go into any store and purchase an energy drink. Yes, you may be using them to stay up late to study, or in lieu of coffee. They might be the singular reason you were able to pull that all-nighter that saved you from failing history class. Yet, many teens only think of their short-term effects, the good ones, the long-term effects of energy drinks, and not how energy drinks can affect one’s brain in the long run.
Energy drinks are caffeinated beverages that work towards boosting endurance and performance. These soft drinks have very high levels of caffeine. Many teens don’t know what happens if they drink energy drinks every day. Adults should consume no more than 400mg of caffeine daily. Energy drinks vary in caffeine levels, ranging from Red Bull at 80mg to 5-hour Energy at 200mg.
However, the issue is, kids normally don’t just drink one. Research shows that 30-50% of adolescents and young adults consume energy drinks. They don’t realize to what extent these sugary tasting drinks can take a toll on the mental health of your teen.
After surveying over a thousand 20-year-olds, those who drank one or more energy drinks daily reported high rates of anxiety. Many who decide to use an energy drink as a studying boost may already be frantic and anxious. Therefore, by consuming this anxiety-provoking beverage they are doing more harm than good.