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Journal of Community Health

, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 132–138 | Cite as

Energy Drink Consumption and Associated Health Behaviors Among University Students in an Urban Setting

  • David K. Spierer
  • Nineequa Blanding
  • Anthony Santella
Original Paper

Abstract

The objective of this study is to describe energy drink consumption and health behaviors among college students attending a predominantly minority university. Undergraduate and graduate students attending a private, minority-serving university were invited to participate in an online survey between September 2009 and August 2010. Out of 2,500 students, 407 participated yielding a response of 16 %. Analysis assessed energy drink consumption as well as participation in sport activities and high-risk behaviors. Energy drink consumption is significantly related with drinking alcohol to inebriation and driving (r = .14, p < .05) and to riding with a drunk driver (r = .15, p < .05). Athletes were more likely to engage in drinking alcohol to inebriation and driving F (1, 186) = 6.12, p < .02. Energy drink consumption is a common practice among racial minority university students. Tailored health promotion strategies and interventions are needed to address misconceptions of energy drink and alcohol mixing.

Keywords

College students Energy drinks Health behaviors 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David K. Spierer
    • 1
  • Nineequa Blanding
    • 2
  • Anthony Santella
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Athletic Training, Health and Exercise ScienceLong Island University BrooklynBrooklynUSA
  2. 2.Department of Public HealthLong Island University BrooklynBrooklynUSA
  3. 3.Faculty of MedicineThe University of Sydney/Western Sydney Sexual Health CentreSydneyAustralia

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