Knowledge, consumption patterns, and perceived effects of energy drinks among university students: a case of Makerere University students
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Energy drinks have gained immense popularity among young adults, particularly university students, over the past decade. This study aims to investigate the knowledge, consumption patterns, and perceived effects of energy drinks among 294 university students, shedding light on the implications for their physical and mental well-being. The research employed a mixed-methods approach using surveys to gather data from a diverse sample of university students from School of Statistics and Planning, Makerere University. The findings reveal a complex relationship between knowledge, consumption behaviors, and perceived effects of energy drinks. First, the study explores the level of knowledge among university students regarding the ingredients, source of information on energy drinks, potential health risks, and recommended consumption guidelines of energy drinks. It highlights significant gaps in awareness, with many students underestimating the caffeine content and potential adverse effects of these beverages. Second, the research delves into the consumption patterns, motivations, and frequency of energy drink consumption among the participants. It examines factors such as academic pressure, social influence, and lifestyle choices that drive energy drink consumption among university students. The study also identifies the diverse range of brands and product preferences within this demographic. Third, the study investigates the perceived effects of energy drinks on physical and mental health, academic performance, and overall well-being. It explores both the positive and negative experiences reported by participants, revealing instances of increased alertness and energy, mood elevation, reduced fatigue, reduced stress levels and improved physical and athletic performance. In conclusion, this comprehensive study offers valuable insights into the knowledge, consumption behaviors, and perceived effects of energy drinks among university students. The findings highlight the need for educational interventions to enhance students' awareness of the potential risks associated with excessive energy drink consumption.