Caffeine Craze Sweeping the Nation

Nov 19, 2008 7:10 PM

Caffeine, it may just be the jolt you're looking for.

But drip by drip, it's an addiction sweeping the nation and caffeine consumption is becoming a bigger and bigger problem among teenagers.

Most of the energy drink companies advertise their products as performance enhancers and stimulants, a marketing strategy that experts say may put young people at risk for abusing stronger stimulants, such as prescription drugs like Ritalin.

A 2008 study of more than 1,200 college students found that energy drink consumption significantly predicted subsequent non-medical prescription stimulant use.

That study is leading scientists to call for warnings and better labeling on the quick "pick me up" drinks.

As for the amount of caffeine an average adult should keep within, nutritionists recommend limiting intake to 200 to 300 milligrams a day.


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