Study associates soft-drink consumption, violence by teens

10/24/2011 | Australian (tiered subscription model), The

Data from a survey of 1,878 students ages 14 to 18 in the Boston revealed that students who drink more than five cans of nondiet soft drinks a week were 9% to 15% more likely to be more aggressive compared with those who drank fewer soft drinks. Among those students who consumed 14 cans of soft drink a week, 58% had shown violence toward peers, 43% carried a gun or knife, and 27% had been violent toward a partner, compared with 35%, 23% and 15%, respectively, among those who had zero or one soft drink a week, researchers said. The study appears in the journal Injury Prevention.

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