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A survey of energy drink consumption patterns among 4th and 5th year students of Faculty of Medicine, Medical University of Lodz

Anna Chuda, Małgorzata Lelonek
Folia Cardiologica 2015;10(3):149-156.

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Vol 10, No 3 (2015)
Original Papers
Published online: 2015-07-08

Abstract

Introduction. Energy drink consumption has continued to gain in popularity since the introduction of first Red Bull. The usage of energy drinks must be controlled because they don’t remain indifferent to the body. There has been little re­search carried out in Poland on the risks associated with the increase in energy drink consumption, particularly among young people.

Material and methods. Anonymous questionnaire surveys were conducted among 131 students of 4th and 5th year Faculty of Medicine, Medical University of Lodz. The collected data was subjected to gender-related statistical analysis. Questions concerning the frequency of energy drinks, the reasons for the consumption, preferred brand and volume of purchased beverages, the effects of consumption on the individual marks, as well as the frequency and type of adverse events occurring after ingestion.

Results. The vast majority of the surveyed students (n = 89; 68%) reported energy drinks consumption. The majority (n = 55; 42%) consumed energy drinks occasionally. The study participants chose energy drinks in order to: improve mental performance while studying (47%; n = 62), increase energy in general (47%; n = 61), eliminate sleepiness for insufficient sleep (20%; n = 26) and drink with alcohol while partying (10%; n = 13). Most of the students, when asked about the well-known brand of energy drink mentioned as follows: Red Bull (93%), Tiger (92%), Burn (90%) or Black (75%). Most of the students (58%; n = 76) chose the drink of the beverage quantity of 0.3 L. Effects of the consumption were assessed by the most of respondents as effective in stimulation (54%; n = 71). After consuming an energy drink almost half of the students (48%; n = 63) observed side-effects.

Conclusions. The action should be taken to increase knowledge about the negative effects of excessive consumption of energy drinks among students.

Abstract

Introduction. Energy drink consumption has continued to gain in popularity since the introduction of first Red Bull. The usage of energy drinks must be controlled because they don’t remain indifferent to the body. There has been little re­search carried out in Poland on the risks associated with the increase in energy drink consumption, particularly among young people.

Material and methods. Anonymous questionnaire surveys were conducted among 131 students of 4th and 5th year Faculty of Medicine, Medical University of Lodz. The collected data was subjected to gender-related statistical analysis. Questions concerning the frequency of energy drinks, the reasons for the consumption, preferred brand and volume of purchased beverages, the effects of consumption on the individual marks, as well as the frequency and type of adverse events occurring after ingestion.

Results. The vast majority of the surveyed students (n = 89; 68%) reported energy drinks consumption. The majority (n = 55; 42%) consumed energy drinks occasionally. The study participants chose energy drinks in order to: improve mental performance while studying (47%; n = 62), increase energy in general (47%; n = 61), eliminate sleepiness for insufficient sleep (20%; n = 26) and drink with alcohol while partying (10%; n = 13). Most of the students, when asked about the well-known brand of energy drink mentioned as follows: Red Bull (93%), Tiger (92%), Burn (90%) or Black (75%). Most of the students (58%; n = 76) chose the drink of the beverage quantity of 0.3 L. Effects of the consumption were assessed by the most of respondents as effective in stimulation (54%; n = 71). After consuming an energy drink almost half of the students (48%; n = 63) observed side-effects.

Conclusions. The action should be taken to increase knowledge about the negative effects of excessive consumption of energy drinks among students.

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Keywords

students, energy drinks, gender, side-effects

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Title

A survey of energy drink consumption patterns among 4th and 5th year students of Faculty of Medicine, Medical University of Lodz

Journal

Folia Cardiologica

Issue

Vol 10, No 3 (2015)

Pages

149-156

Published online

2015-07-08

Bibliographic record

Folia Cardiologica 2015;10(3):149-156.

Keywords

students
energy drinks
gender
side-effects

Authors

Anna Chuda
Małgorzata Lelonek

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