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Do Soft Drinks Lead to Teen Violence?

By AusSMC (ed.)

A study published in Injury Prevention suggests a link between high fizzy soft drink consumption and violence among teenagers, but how strong is the evidence?

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“These findings probably tell us more about the people who drink large volumes of soft drink rather than necessarily suggesting a causal link between soft drink and anti-social behaviour. The study really cries out for more research to understand why heavy use of soft drink may be an indicator of poor behaviour and what are the social conditions that lead to such heavy use. Such a study would also need to look at the impact of alcohol, caffeinated drinks and illicit drugs, which we do know have both an indicator and a causal link.”
Michael Moore is CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia

“This is an interesting report, but I would suggest an exceptional degree of caution in interpreting the findings. It shows that a lot of young people involved in aggressive behaviour drink soft drinks, but it is hard to draw any further conclusions at this stage. There would undoubtedly be great health benefits in reducing soft drink consumption in young people and the wider community.”
Mike Daube is Professor of Health Policy at Curtin University

“I find this a particularly interesting paper that, as the authors rightly state, looks at an association that is rarely considered regarding teenage aggression. The large sample size gained for the study also adds weight to their findings.

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Source: AusSMC