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Journal of Food and Nutrition Research. 2018, 6(8), 531-536
DOI: 10.12691/jfnr-6-8-8
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Energy Drink Consumption among College Students in Saudi Arabia

Abdullah A. Katib1, , Hani Almalki2, Amal Surrati3 and Zeidan A. Zeidan3

1Public Health Administration, Ministry of Health, Madinah, Saudi Arabia

2Public Health Administration, Ministry of Health, Makkah, Saudi Arabia

3Department of Family and Community Medicine, Taibah University, Madinah, Saudi Arabia

Pub. Date: September 06, 2018

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Abdullah A. Katib, Hani Almalki, Amal Surrati and Zeidan A. Zeidan. Energy Drink Consumption among College Students in Saudi Arabia. Journal of Food and Nutrition Research. 2018; 6(8):531-536. doi: 10.12691/jfnr-6-8-8


The increased consumption of energy drinks by adolescents and young adults globally is a public concern due to the high amount of caffeine and sugar in them, which may affect consumers' health. Only one study was found in Madinah that measure the prevalence of energy drink consumption, but it was conducted with female students of secondary school. The prevalence of energy drink consumption is high and there is evidence of affecting health of the population. The objective of this study was to determine the patterns of consumption of energy drinks among college students in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. The study was conducted at Taibah university in Madinah. The sample included 380 students of the main branch of Taibah university in Madinah, which contains 29153 students. Data were collected using a self-administered questionnaire consisting of 20 questions relating to students’ sociodemographic characteristics, personal habits, total fluid intake, energy drink-related knowledge, and habits. Of the 380 students surveyed, 127 (33.4%) student were regularly consuming energy drinks. The mean age and standard deviation were 21.24 ± 1.77. Pearson chi-square test was done and it showed statistically significant association between energy drinks and smoking (13.522) with P value 0.0002. A majority of surveyed students had good knowledge regarding energy drinks. Future studies are needed to determine harmful side effects of energy drinks.

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