Energy drinks may affect teen academic performance

British researchers recently published a study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, showing a connection between energy drink consumption and academic performance.

The researchers studied the energy drink consumption and academic performance (specifically in mathematics and English) of over 1,600 high school students. They measured the same things 6 months later.

What they discovered was that high school students who consumed energy drinks were more likely to score low in academic achievement. The researchers pointed out that the energy drinks themselves might not be the culprit but rather it was more likely that the energy drinks were part of an unhealthy diet or were associated with skipping breakfast, both of which may affect mental health.

This study joins a growing body of research showing a strong connection between nutrition and mental health. Here at Truehope, we’ve been promoting nutrition as mental health treatment for over 20 years.