Surprisingly, it turns out acts of violence in adolescents is not only triggered by alcohol, but also contain soda drinks. At least that’s according to a recent study that says teens who like drinking soft drinks tend to behave aggressively.
High school students in the city of Boston who consumed more than 5 cans of non-diet soda a week, 9-15 percent are at risk for behaving aggressively compared to peers who less drink it.
“We found a strong link between how many soft drinks consumed by teenagers and violent behavior that they do. It’s not just violence among their peers but also in relationships and with the brothers,” said David Hemenway, professor of the Harvard School of Public Health.
Still, Hemenway said he could not infer a causal relationship because more in-depth research will be needed again.
In his research, he conducted a survey of 1878 school students aged 14-18 years in Boston, where according to Hemenway criminal case rate higher than the sub-urban areas are more affluent.
The majority of respondents were Hispanic youth, African-American or mixed, and some adolescents of Asian or Caucasian.
A list of questions asked in the survey is how many non-diet soft drinks consumed, with the 355 ml size (one tin), who drink the respondents in the past week. They also asked whether drinking alcohol, smoking, carrying weapons, or even commit violent acts on a friend, family member, or lover.
Which emerges from the results of this survey, according to Hemenway, is evidence of “dose response”. In other words, the more soda consumed, the higher their propensity to violence.
In adolescents who drank one can of soda or not at all in a week, found 23 percent who carry a gun or a knife, 15 percent who commit violence in boyfriend, and 35 percent who do violence to his friend.
Meanwhile, on “soda addicts” who drank 14 cans every week, found 43 percent carried weapons, 27 percent do violence to the couple, and 58 percent do violence on their peers.
In general, teens who often drank soda, have a tendency to behave aggressively than those taking only a little. The trend was found even after accounting for ethnic factors and other family background.
“We do not yet know the cause of this linkage. There may be some causal factors but also maybe it is a marker of other problems, such as children who like to apply aggressive tend to smoke, drink alcohol, or drinking soda. We’re not sure because it has to do advanced study in depth, “said Hemenway.