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Carbonated Beverages Linked To Aggressive, Violent Behavior Among Teens In Boston Study

October 24, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
A U.S. study has found that teenagers who consume more than 60 ounces of non-diet carbonated soft drinks a week are much more likely to exhibit aggressive behavior, such as toting a weapon and acting violently against peers and siblings. Researchers surveyed 1,878 teens in Boston public schools about their soft drink consumption in the prior week, then divided them into low-consumption and high-consumption (five or more cans a week) groups. About 30 percent were classified as high-consumption. The teens were then asked about violent behavior towards peers or siblings, whether they carried a knife or gun, etc. Teens who were heavy consumers of non-diet fizzy soft drinks were nine to 15 percent more likely to exhibit aggressive behavior – the same magnitude as the impact of alcohol or tobacco.
Sara J Solnick, David Hemenway, "The 'Twinkie Defense': the relationship between carbonated non-diet soft drinks and violence perpetration among Boston high school students", Injury Prevention, October 24, 2011, © BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
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