Short-term effects of energy drink on the body’s health among young adults in Erbil city


Background and objective: Nowadays, energy drink consumption has significantly increased in recent times. Students, athletes, and teenagers are among the most common consumers for a variety of reasons. For a public health point of view, little seems to be understood of the health benefits and other implications of these drinks by their consumer. This study aimed to evaluate the acute biochemical effects of energy drink in Erbil city.Methods: Twenty four healthy male and female volunteer subjects of 21-23 years age consumed 250 ml of wild Tiger® beverage per day for one successive day after cross design. The biochemical tests were evaluated before and after consumption in the laboratory analysis using standard methods.Results: There was a statistically significant increase in serum albumin, total protein, and GOT levels after consumption of energy drink (wild Tiger beverage) (P = 0.033, 0.034, and 0.017, respectively). However, energy drink consumption has no significant effect on serum electrolytes, urea, uric acid, creatinine, glucose, lipid profile, GPT, ALP, amylase, direct and total bilirubin, and minerals.Conclusion: Energy drink consumption is associated with significant alterations in some biochemical parameters, and it will become a significant public health problem if their use among young people is not addressed through a cap on caffeine levels and restrictions on their sale for below eighteenth and marketing.