Sociodemographic differences, prevalence, and patterns of energy drink consumption among Jazan university students, Saudi Arabia
Energy drinks are beverages containing a high amount of caffeine and other substances. Studies on the side effects of energy drink consumption among college students in Saudi Arabia are limited. In this cross-sectional study, we aimed to determine the consumption patterns and effects of energy drinks among college students. The study was conducted using a self-administered questionnaire about sociodemographic differences, prevalence, and patterns of energy drink consumption.
A total of 458 students responded, among whom 45.31% were energy drink users. The students reported reasons for using and not using energy drinks as well as the side effects. The pleasing taste of energy drinks was the most common cause for their consumption, whereas lack of curiosity and questionable health effects were the reasons for not using them. Increased heart rate and urination were the most common side effects of energy drink consumption. A significant proportion of students at Jazan University consume energy drinks, which is almost similar to that reported in previous studies.
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