A study showing the links between energy drinks, athletics, and risky behavior was published this March in the Journal of American College Health. The New York Times picked up the story today and referenced the studys author, who said that the high consumption of energy drinks is associated with toxic jock behavior.What is toxic jock behavior? Ulysse Nardin replica watches A constellation of risky and aggressive behaviors including unprotected , substance abuse, and violence, as defined in the article. The studys author, Kathleen Miller of the University of Buffalo, goes on to say that parents who notice their children consuming energy drinks should be more aware that they are more inclined to take risks with their health and safety.
The study is not a first. In October of 2007 the Nutrition Journal published a study of energy drink consumption among college students. They surveyed 496 students and found 51 percent drank the canned caffeine drinks at least once a month. Jolt and crash episodes were experienced by 29 percent of drinkers, headaches by 22 percent, and heart Audemars Piguet replica watches palpitations by 19 percent. Students often drank the energy bombs while drinking alcohol or cramming for tests. Since the 1997 debut of Red Bull, the energy drink market has exploded into a $5.7 billion dollar industry with 500 new brands launched in 2006 alone. Drink size, and caffeine content, have risen as the industry has grown.Before you adults with Starbucks addictions go off, consider a regular 8 ounce canister of the average energy drink contains an amount of caffeine equal to 5 ounces of coffee.
The worry some researchers expressed in the New York Times article is that the drink, served cold and in a can, is much more likely to be gulped in mass quanitities. Hot coffee is more often sipped, with the exception of journalists, 24 hour mountain bike racers, and scientific researchers.One of the worries the article stressed most was the Mont Blanc replica watches connection between alcohol and energy drinks. An alternate study quoted by the Times said students who mixed energy drinks with alcohol got twice as drunk as those who got drunk on alcohol alone, and were more likely to injure themselves.Just something to think about before you pour that third Eye Opener.--Joe Spring