A study recently published in the journal Plos One reveals that there may be a connection between energy drinks and traumatic brain injuries among adolescents. This is, in part, because energy drinks, some of which are mixed with alcohol, are often consumed by young athletes and adolescents. Nonetheless, no study has reportedly even examined a possible connection between energy drinks and traumatic brain injuries in the past.
A study was done with the help of data obtained from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s 2013 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS). This included answers from as much as 10,272 students from 7th to 12th grades or ages 11 to 20. The questionnaires were accomplished anonymously.
Mild to severe traumatic brain injuries are defined as those which result in a relatively brief loss of consciousness for at least five minutes. Those who suffer this kind of brain injury are also typically hospitalized for at least one night. In the study, as much as 22.4% of the students who participated in the survey admitted to having experienced a traumatic brain injury in the past.
Moreover, it was also found that adolescents who have never experienced a traumatic brain injury had a higher chance of sustaining when they are consuming energy drinks and alcohol as well as energy drinks mixed with alcohol. At the same time, those who recently sustained a traumatic brain injury from sports have a higher likelihood of recent energy drinks consumption than those who abstain from taking them.
The researchers have also ruled that there should be a further investigation conducted regarding the link between traumatic brain injuries, energy drinks, alcohol and energy drinks mixed with alcohol.