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Teens Who Chug Energy Drinks Are More Likely to Use Alcohol and Other Drugs


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Never mind the high quantities of sugar and caffeine—recent studies suggest that teenagers who chug energy drinks are much more likely than their peers to use alcohol and other drugs. “Students who consumed energy drinks were two to three times more likely to say they’d recently used alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs than those who didn’t consume energy drinks,” say the researchers at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research.

The findings suggest that the same “risk-taker” personality traits that attract certain teens to energy drinks also attract them to other, potentially far more dangerous substances.