I know that energy drink consumption is still on the rise in Canada and the US. Personally, I don’t drink the stuff other than while deployed because I know how bad it is for me (and I’m not getting any younger).
While deployed, I drank mass amounts of it to keep going so I can see how this can play a huge role. It only exacerbates the sleep deprivation, anxiety and extreme highs and lows a soldier feels. This, I believe is the true crux of the issue.
I don’t particularly believe it causes any type of PTSD (nor does the study seem to suggest it), but it makes sense, from my own experiences, that it contributes to it.
Personal opinion…energy drinks are crap anyways. Don’t drink them.
A new study found a link between high energy drink consumption and PTSD among previously deployed Army personnel. (Image source: YouTube screencap) A new study found that the consumption of energy drinks could be contributing to post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health problems among U.S. soldiers.
Soldiers were asked how frequently they had consumed energy drinks such as Red Bull, Rockstar, or Monster over the past month, and were quizzed on mental health variables such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and alcohol abuse.