PERCEPTION AND PRACTICE OF ENERGY DRINKS CONSUMPTION BY MEDICAL STUDENTS OF WAH MEDICAL COLLEGE
Energy Drinks Consumption
Keywords:Benefits, Energy drinks, Medical students, Perception
Objectives: To determine the frequency of use of energy drinks, to assess gender, residence and year of education
difference with the usage of energy drinks and the perception of students about benefits of energy drinks
Study Design: Cross sectional study.
Place and Duration of Study: Wah Medical College (WMC), from Jan to Jun 2016.
Material and Methods: The 369 students of WMC from all years of MBBS course were selected through
convenient sampling technique. After obtaining verbal consent the data were collected using a self administered
closed ended questionnaire and analyzed by using SPSS version 19.
Results: The frequency of consumption of energy drinks among students of WMC was 34%. Red bull was the
most common (48%) brand used by them. Significant differences were found between usage of energy drinks
with gender (<0.001), but insignificant difference with residence (0.06) and year of education (0.37). Out of 369
students, 310 (81.6%) students thought that energy drinks help them to stay awake longer and 73-75% were of the
opinion that its use improved their concentration and mental performance.
Conclusion: It was concluded that the consumption of energy drinks was high among medical students and most
of them were male students. The most well-liked energy drink was Red bull and they believed that energy drinks
helped them to stay awake longer, reduced tiredness and improve mental performance.