(TIME) — Energy drinks have become wildly popular with teens. Here's why it's a public health concern.
Energy drinks are wildly popular among teens, despite being loaded with stimulants. How did that happen, and is it a concern?
A 2018 report found that more than 40 percent of American teens in a survey had consumed an energy drink within the past three months. Another surveyfound that 28 percent of adolescents in the European Union had consumed these sorts of beverages in the past three days.
This popularity is in marked contrast to the recommendations of groups like the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Sports Medicine, who say youth should forgo these products entirely. These recommendations are based on concerns about health problems that, although rare, can occur after consumption, including seizures, delirium, rapid heart rate, stroke, and even sudden death.