NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - It's a warning for parents: medical experts say that energy drinks should be a safety concern when it comes to your teenager.
A new report, published in the journal Pediatrics , found that teens who consumed caffeine in large amounts through energy drinks could be at-risk for potential cardiovascular problems, anxiety, and even substance abuse.
Doctors noticed a growing number of teens being hospitalized for consuming large amounts of the drinks.
The trend has prompted opponents to push for government regulation, and now, medical experts are urging pediatricians to ask patients about energy drink use. They're also calling for parents to address the issue.
Hope Croluis of Amherst told 22News that parents need to set the example for their kids.
"If they see you eating well, avoiding stimulants, they're going to follow your footsteps. Maybe not today, maybe not next year but they will, unless you are going to follow them around 24/7," she said.
Ashley Largo of Agawam said that the decisions ought to be left up to the teens themselves.
"They should be able to make their own decisions," Largo said.
The Food and Drug Administration is currently investigating whether energy drinks are responsible for at least 18 deaths in the last four years.