Caffeine and nicotine seem to be one of the most popular substances used and abused by teenagers nowadays. Although caffeine seems to be less evil than nicotine, let’s tackle these two substances one by one so that we can have a thorough and comprehensive discussion as to how they affect the lifestyles of teenagers.
According to Simmons Research, 31% of teenagers in the U.S. report that they drink energy drinks. Put simply, that 31% represents about 7.6 million teens in America. Nutritionists say that energy drinks are abundant in sugar and caffeine and it can hook kids to a very unhealthy drinking cycle. The caffeine included in energy drinks comes from multiple sources and that’s why it is difficult to determine how much caffeine energy drinks contain. Most energy drinks are loaded with B vitamins, and if taken in heavy doses, it can cause numbness and tingling of the hands and feet as well as increase the beating of the heart.
Teenagers can easily abuse caffeine since most products laden with caffeine can be bought at local grocery stores or drug stores. Some may even fulfill their coffee craving in the middle of the night since a lot of caffeine loaded drinks and products can be bought at 24 hour convenience stores.
There have been reported cases of teenagers downing several cans of caffeine loaded drinks in a row to get a buzz, and a new study even found a surprising number of poison center calls from teens getting sick because of too much caffeine intake.
Most teenagers don’t really follow the warnings and reminders of their parents about too much intake of caffeine since most teens grew up seeing their parents drinking coffee.