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


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.


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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