New factsheet: Caffeine & Energy Drinks
Energy drinks are non-alcoholic drinks that contain caffeine and are marketed to counter fatigue and enhance mental performance. In Australia, energy drinks are the fastest growing segment of the soft drink industry with children, adolescents and young adults being key consumers of these products.
The use of energy drinks with alcohol has become an increasingly popular phenomenon among young people, with some using energy drinks with alcohol to intensify and prolong the effects, or to to remain awake and alert in order to keep drinking and socialising. Research shows the consumption of energy drinks with alcohol is associated with greater alcohol consumption and an increased likelihood of alcohol-related harm.
It’s important that young people are aware of the risks involved in mixing energy drinks with alcohol to allow them to make more informed choices. For more information about caffeine and energy drinks, see our new short and detailed factsheets available on Positive Choices.