While further study is needed, a new report has found that high school students that drink soda are more likely to harm peers and siblings
By now, most of us are aware of the caloric dangers of non-diet soft drinks and the increased risk of obesity that drinking them brings. Now a new study has found that the more non-diet soda teens drink, the more prone they are to violence. Teens who drank more than five cans of non-diet, fizzy soft drinks every week were significantly more likely to carry a weapon and act violently toward peers and siblings.
The study looked at 1,878 teens who took part in the Boston Youth Survey, a biennial survey of 9th to 12th graders (14- to 18-year olds). The students were from 22 public schools in Boston.
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The teens were asked how many carbonated, non-diet soft drinks they had consumed over the past seven days. Their intake was measured in cans (12 ounces or 355 ml), and the students' responses ranked according to quantity.
Based on these responses, the students were divided into two groups: those who drank up to four cans over the preceding week (the low consumption group); and those drinking five or more cans of soda in the previous week (high consumption). Nearly one in three (30 percent) respondents fell into the high consumption category.