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Study Finds Link Between Energy Drinks and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in Teens

A PLOS ONE study has found a link between increased brain injuries in teenagers and energy drink consumption.

Researchers have identified a link between increased brain injuries in teenagers and the consumption of energy drinks or energy drinks mixed with alcohol, according to a new study published in PLOS ONE.

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What’s the Problem?

For the study, researchers looked at how often 10,000 people aged 11 to 20 consumed energy drinks, and whether they had experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI) — a blow to the head that left them unconscious for at least 5 minutes, or resulted in hospitalization.

“We’ve found a link between increased brain injuries and the consumption of energy drinks or energy drinks mixed with alcohol,” Michael Cusimano, MD, a neurosurgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital and lead author of the study.

Cusimano added that energy drinks can interfere with the recovery process for teens who have suffered a brain injury. Most study participants said their TBI occurred while playing sports, he said.

Additionally, the study found that teens who had a TBI within the previous year were at least twice as likely to have consumed energy drinks mixed with alcohol compared to those who reported sustaining a TBI more than a year ago. The researchers caution that additional studies are needed to better understand the link between energy drinks and brain injury, and to investigate why teens are consuming the beverages so voraciously. The combining of alcohol and energy drinks merits special concern, according to the authors.

About 22% of students said they had experienced at least one TBI in their life, with 6% claiming they suffered a brain injury in the past year.

Most of the popular energy drinks like Rockstar and Red Bull contain high levels of caffeine and cause chemical changes in the body. Additionally, most of the ads for energy drinks feature athletes and are targeted at active young consumers.

Prior studies have shown that traumatic brain injuries are associated with poor academic performance, mental health problems, violence, substance abuse and aggression in teens and adults, all of which can interfere with rehabilitation, according to the authors.

Do I Have an Energy Drink Lawsuit?

The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in energy drink lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.

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