Are Energy Drinks Affecting Young Adolescents?

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Just like what everyone says, “Red Bull gives you wings,” a lot of people go to energy drinks to keep them awake or to help them function a bit better on their everyday tasks. Not only do adults consume energy drinks, so do young adolescents. To start off, adolescents are barely going through the puberty stage and this is the time their brains are developing the most. Although only a few percent of teenagers use energy drinks, it is still an important topic to look into. These young adolescents drinking these energy drinks are actually affecting their brain by drinking them. Being a young adolescent is very crucial because this is the critical stage in their developmental phase. (Van Batenburg-Eddes, 2014) Energy drinks have always been said…show more content…
In the article, “The potential adverse effect of energy drinks on executive functions in early adolescence,” they purposely studied young adolescents in this experimenter to determine whether consuming caffeine and energy drinks with their executive functions and what role it plays for those going through puberty. This experiment also wanted to study if drinking the Energy drinks and caffeine caused sleeping problems. Since caffeine and energy drinks are said to be used to keep a person awake, this study wanted to know if it was really true or not, especially in early…show more content…
The participants were asked how often they consumed caffeine and how often they consumed energy drinks during an average week (Van Batenburg-Eddes, 2014). Each was asked how many cups or drinks per day and this was divided by 7 because of the number of days per week. The consumption of caffeine was averaged out and so was the number of energy drinks per day. Parents had a lot to contribute in this study such as reporting how their kid behaved. Two scales were used such as the Behavioral Regulation Index (BRI) and the metacognition Index (MI). The BRI represents the capacity to alternate cognitive set and control behaviors and emotions (Van Batenburg-Eddes, 2014). The MI on the other hand represents the capacity to plan, organize and hold information in the brain for future problem solving use (Van Batenburg-Eddes,
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