Energy Drinks Consumers Suggest Strategies to Reduce Youth Consumption
The Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior has published a study in which youth aged 12-25 suggested strategies to reduce youth energy-drink consumption. Jacinta Francis, et al., “Informing Intervention Strategies to Reduce Energy Drink Consumption in Young People: Findings From Qualitative Research,” Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, October 2017. Researchers reportedly found that while the subjects were familiar with energy drinks, they did not agree as to whether the term included coffee, sports drinks, nutritional supplements and soft drinks. Some were apparently aware that the drinks contained caffeine and sugar, the study noted, but few were aware they contained other ingredients or could explain how the drinks allegedly work. The participants also said advertising, promotions and peer pressure influenced consumption. They suggested five strategies to reduce consumption: (i) restrictions on sales and availability; (ii) changes in packaging; (iii) price increases; (iv) reducing visibility in retail outlets; and (v) research and education.