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Can energy drinks lead to substance abuse in young people?

Study to see if energy drinks can lead to substance abuse in young people (CNN)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A new report raises new concerns about young people and what they drink.

The study found that when they consume energy drinks, they may be more likely to be at risk for substance abuse in the future.

Researchers at the University of Maryland followed young adults for five years. They were all between the ages of 21 and 25.

Those who regularly consumed highly caffeinated energy drinks and continued to do so over time, were more likely to use cocaine and prescription stimulants. They were also more at risk of becoming an alcoholic by age 25.

Those surveyed were recruited for the study while enrolled in college. They were then tracked for health and risky behaviors. Those included energy drink consumption and drug use.

The authors of the study suggest those that consume energy drinks may be prone to being at a heightened risk for substance use, and especially stimulants. The study is published in the Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

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