College energy-drink consumers more likely to be alcohol dependent

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College students who are prone to drinking an abundance of energy drinks are at a higher risk for alcohol dependence, according to a study reported online in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. According to Amelia Arria, PhD, of the University of Maryland School of Public Health, and colleagues, data from more than 1,000 college seniors at Mid-Atlantic University revealed that the risk of alcohol dependence was nearly double for those who frequently consumed energy drinks. “The present findings support and extend prior evidence that energy-drink users are at increased risk for substance-use problems,” the authors wrote. Click here to read an article from CNN Health that discusses this study more.

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