Most Americans are aware of the health risks associated with the heaping amounts of sugar and caffeine found in energy drinks, but could consuming these beverages put you at an increased risk of suffering a serious blow to the head? Our Roanoke brain injury attorneys at the Skolrood Law Firm explain that one new study suggests the answer to that question may be “yes.”
Researchers surveyed a total of 10,272 students ranging in age from 7th to 12th grades. They were asked about any brain injuries they may have suffered during the past 12 months, as well as their consumption of energy drinks during an average week. The results were interesting.
According to an article from TIME magazine, teens that drank at least five energy drinks per week were seven times more likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury compared to their peers who didn’t consume energy drinks. Also, teens who drank energy drinks mixed with alcohol were even more likely to report having sustained a serious blow to the head.
The authors of the study suggest the possible link between brain injuries and energy drink consumption may be sports. Advertising campaigns for these drinks are often aimed at active, young athletes, who are more likely to be involved in activities that can cause TBI.
There are many factors that can play a role in causing an accident that results in a traumatic brain injury and our Roanoke personal injury attorneys at the Skolrood Law Firm hope this interesting information helps teens recognize the risks they face.