Personal and Physical Consequences of AMED Use: A Survey Questionnaire
Our study’s aim was to investigate the personal and physical consequences associated with alcohol mixed with energy drinks (AmED) in comparison to alcohol use alone. A web-based format for the online version of the Alcohol Timeline Followback (TLFB) was completed by 876 students during their second week tutorial of Introduction to Psychology 105. Of these students, 625 were used for the study as they had reported drinking alcohol within a 28-day period. Although no statistically significant correlation could be found in our study, other studies have shown support for the consumption of AmED leading to greater social and…show more content… This type of behaviour has become increasing popular among university and college students due to the excessive marketing of energy drinks and alcohol (Matthew Cronin & Craig S. Wright, 2005)
Recent studies concerning college students suggest heavy episodic drinking continues to be a major health problem that is associated with legal, academic and health problems. The consumption of AmEDs has been receiving increased research attention due to its association with heavy drinking (Lindsey Varvil-Weld, Miesha Marzell, Rob Turrisi, Kimberly A. Mallett & Michael J. Cleveland, 2013). This recent phenomenon is concerning researchers as they discover the related consequences of AmED use. Researchers use the Anticipated Effects of Alcohol Scale (AEAS) in order to measure a comprehensive sampling that varied in positive and negative effects, as well as high or low arousal in order to identify plausible outcomes of drinking (Meghan E. Morean, Teresa A. Treat & William R. Corbin, 2012).
It has been estimated that almost half of 18-24 year olds in Australia have consumed AmEDs and 10% consume them weekly. 90% of adults, 83% of 13-17 year olds and 63% of 6-12 year olds consume caffeine daily. Caffeine is naturally occurring in drinks such as coffee and tea, as well as in foods such as chocolate, but it is also a food additive in carbonated beverages and energy drinks (Catherine W. Striley and Shivani R. Khan Purpose,