The researchers found that the link between consumption of energy drinks and substance use during the past 30 days was greater than the association of either regular or diet soft drinks and substance use. While the authors of the study cautioned against interpreting their findings as suggesting that the use of energy drinks causes increased alcohol or drug use, it is worth noting:
- The use of energy drinks is fairly common among adolescents
- The use of energy drinks was associated with an increased risk for substance use
Terry-McElrath, Y. M., OʼMalley, P. M., & Johnston, L. D. (2014). Energy drinks, soft drinks, and substance use among United States secondary school students. Journal of Addiction Medicine, 8, 6-13.