According to statistics and recent studies, teenagers are the quickest-growing demographic that is gravitating towards coffee. As all too many coffee-lovers know, while this beverage can do wonders for someone first thing in the morning, it can also be highly addictive. Studies reveal that over 83% of teens drink coffee regularly, and a minimum of 96% of adolescents consume the beverage on occasion. Interesting enough, while the newly popular energy drinks, with tons of caffeine in them, may seem like something teenagers gravitate to, only 1% of caffeinated-beverage intake among teens comes from these types of drinks.
Medical News Today reports that still, while coffee seems to top the list for teens when it comes to caffeinated beverages, over all, adolescents are consuming far too much caffeine.
A recent study that involved 166 adolescents within grade 9 and 10 proved that teens are simply turning to caffeine when they want to enjoy a beverage. The team gathered and reviewed data from a questionnaire that was given to 20 discussion groups that participated in the study.
The results revealed that over 44% of the teens consumed caffeinated drinks from about one to six times weekly. Over 11% consumed caffeinated drinks daily; and just over 4% refrained from caffeinated beverages all together.
The reason stated by these teens for drinking these caffeinated beverages was to perk them up, and help with studying.
It seems that caffeinated drinks may be popular within this demographic, because they are easy to access, and may make teens feel like they are adults. Caffeinated drinks are also glamorized within the media; and these teens may also be seeing their parents drinking outrageous amounts of coffee, soda pop, or tea – and simply following suite.
In general, researchers believe that more education around the dangers of caffeine, and caffeine addiction need to be provided to the youth of today, in order to help them make better beverage choices, and help them refrain of limit their caffeine consumption.