Do kids and adults consume caffeine for the same reasons?

Published January 9, 2018

An article in Quartz about the impact that caffeine can have on an individual’s health interviews Jennifer Temple, director of UB’s Nutrition and Health Research Lab, who a little over a decade ago noticed how scant the research was on how caffeine affects children and adolescents. “It’s less about combating fatigue and more about things like, ‘I use it to study for a test, or I use it to be better at playing video games or I use it to feel high,’” she said. “They use a language that’s much more about performance-enhancement or mood-elevation, whereas in adults, the language…is much more centered on withdrawal reversal — ‘so I wake up in the morning, I don’t want to get a headache, I don’t want to feel sluggish, I’ll drink my coffee.’”

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