Scientists have found that consumption of energy drinks in children and young people can trigger mental health problems and suicidal thoughts. "We are deeply concerned by the findings that energy drinks can lead to mental health problems," said researcher Dr. Shelina Visram from Newcastle University.

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Energy drinks trigger suicidal thoughts

Consumption of energy drinks is linked to an increased risk of mental health problems, particularly among children, scientists have found.


The study, published in the Public Health Journal, examined how energy drinks affect children's mental and physical health.

"WE ARE DEEPLY CONCERNED"

Researcher Dr. Shelina Visram from Newcastle University said: "We are deeply concerned by the findings that energy drinks can lead to psychological distress and mental health problems. These are important public health issues that need to be addressed."

The study analyzed data from 51 studies involving 1.2 million children from around the world.

RESULTS FROM 51 STUDIES INVOLVING 1.2 MILLION CHILDREN

It shows that boys consume more fizzy drinks than girls.

They also found that children who drink are more likely to engage in risky behaviors such as illicit drug use and violence.

NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF CARBONATED DRINKS

At the same time, it has been shown that fizzy drinks cause negative conditions such as poor academic performance, sleep problems, anxiety, depression and unhealthy eating habits.

"THE SALE OF ENERGY DRINKS SHOULD BE BANNED"

"This important review adds to the growing evidence that energy drinks can harm the physical and mental health of children and young people in both the short and long term.

That's why we urge the UK Government to step up and fulfill its 2019 pledge to ban the sale of energy drinks to under-16s."

A STUDENT SUFFERED A HEART ATTACK

In May 2023, a primary school in Newport issued a warning to all parents after a student suffered a 'heart attack' and had to have his stomach pumped after drinking influencer Logan Paul's Prime Energy can.