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Could energy drinks be a cause of mental health problems, low academic attainment, and disruptive behaviour?

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Gareth RichardsORCiD



This is the final published version of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by British Psychological Society, 2017.

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Caffeinated energy drinks have become a cause for concern, with mainstream media accounts relatingtheir usage to undesirable outcomes. My doctoral work aimed to investigate the efficacy of such claims bydetermining whether energy drink use predicts stress and mental health problems, disruptive behaviour, andlow academic attainment. The research took a novel approach by investigating the use of these products bothin isolation and in combination with other dietary variables (e.g., cola and chewing gum consumption,breakfast omission). The results suggest that energy drink use is associated with undesirable outcomes inyoung consumers, and that such relationships could be causal.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Richards G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: PsyPAG Quarterly

Year: 2017

Volume: 102

Pages: 26-30

Print publication date: 11/03/2017

Online publication date: 11/03/2017

Acceptance date: 01/02/2017

Date deposited: 05/07/2018

Publisher: British Psychological Society