Caffeine Consumption Research Paper

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INTRODUCTION

Caffeine intake has become an issue in the United States. “ While 80% of the U.S. population drink coffee or tea, approximately 20% of the group consume caffeine in dangerous proportion on a daily basis” (Shohet & Eric, 2001). At every gas station you walk into, you can find caffeine in several different forms that are available to purchase. In the cooler you have several different options of energy beverages to choose from. All the way from Monsters and RedBull to Starbucks itself in the cooler. “ In 2006, Americans spent more than $3.2 billion dollars on energy drinks” (O 'Brien & McCoy, 2008). The problem isn’t the caffeine itself, but the amount of caffeine being consumed on a daily basis is. This is a huge problem amongst
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College students are so busy with school, work and many other things. It’s a concern as to what is causing the amount of caffeine amongst college students to continue to rise. With the intake of caffeine rising across universities, according to the Journal of American College Health, statistically significant predictive relationships also were found between energy drink consumption and use of alcohol, marijuana, cigarettes, and prescription drugs. “For example, recent survey data from 602 college students found that frequency of energy drink use was positively related to marijuana use, sexual and other risk-taking, fighting, and failure to wear a seatbelt” (Stasio & Curry, 2008). Not only is there relationships or links between the beverages, but also a strong relationship between the consumption of the beverages by the college students, and the increasing rate of ADHD amongst college students. “ Sodium benzoate, a common additive in popular beverages, has recently been linked to ADHD” (Beezhold, 2014). It is important to analyze reasons that this is occurring. Could it be the more involved the student is in school? Could it be the amount of outside work hours they are committed to? Or, how about how many non-traditional college students we now …show more content…
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