The Impacts of Funding Source on Research Concerning Alcohol Mixed With Energy Drinks and Degree of Intoxication
Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Alcohol mixed with energy drinks (AMED) are an increasingly popular choice for young drinkers, particularly college students. There are conflicting data regarding AMED consumption and the drinker’s intoxication levels when compared to alcohol only (AO) consumers. In this meta-analysis, I analyzed 38 studies investigating the link between AMED consumption and relative intoxication to determine whether the funding source, categorized as either independent or industry, had an impact on the results. I found a clear association between funding and outcome, with industry funded studies being much less likely to find a risk of greater intoxication due to AMED consumption compared to independently funded studies. Unbiased education about the risks of AMED is needed so that consumers can make their own informed decisions and not get swept along by the flow of clever, well-funded marketing campaigns.
Dressler, Lila, "The Impacts of Funding Source on Research Concerning Alcohol Mixed With Energy Drinks and Degree of Intoxication" (2023). Scripps Senior Theses. 2175.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.