Scientists warn that for children, energy drinks and caffeinated sodas are a gateway to drinking.
Children who drink caffeinated sodas are twice as likely to try the drink before age 11, according to a new study.
USAData from 2,000 children in were examined; It turns out that children who consume energy drinks are more impulsive and have worse memories.
Mina Kwon, lead author of the study, said: “Daily caffeinated soda consumption in children is a precursor to substance use in the near future.”
Previous research has shown that teens and young adults are more likely to start drinking alcohol early if they consume caffeine every day. The study examined the likelihood that children aged 9 to 10, who consumed caffeinated sodas, would try drinking within a year.
The results stated that substances in caffeinated sodas may affect young brains, increasing the likelihood of them having problems with alcohol in later life.
Professor Woo-Young Ahn said: “It can be said that those who frequently consume caffeinated fizzy drinks have a higher risk of starting substance use in the future. “There is no consensus on the safe dose of caffeine in children, and some children may be more vulnerable than others to the adverse effects associated with frequent caffeine consumption.”