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Pattern Analysis of High-caffeine Energy Drink Consumption and Adverse Effects among College Students in a University
YAKHAK HOEJI 2013;57(2):110-118
Published online April 30, 2013
© 2013 The Pharmaceutical Society of Korea.

High-caffeine energy drink consumption has been increasing in young adults, frequently causing the most com-mon symptoms such as tremor, insomnia, anxiety, and nervousness and rarely leading to serious adverse effects like seizure, acute mania, and stroke due to caffeine overdose. There have been little current studies regarding analysis of high-caffeine energy drink consumption and its adverse effects in Korea. This study was to examine high-caffeine consumption patterns, associated factors, and adverse effects based on responses from 231 college students in a University through survey. About 88.3% (n=204) of total respondents reported that they had energy drinks. College students mostly consumed energy drinks to keep awake (46%) when studying and to recover fatigue (27%). Approximately 44% respondents mainly reported pal- pitation (73.9%) and insomnia (72.8%) regarding adverse effect questionnaire. Current reports on the risk of recreational use, co-ingestion of alcohol and energy drink as well as energy drink consumption among children and adolescents are increasing, requiring further long-term research and awareness of these issues.
Keywords : high-caffeine;energy drinks;consumption;adverse effects

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