More blows to the fizzy, sugary drink industry with research suggesting that teens who drink a can a day of soft drink or around five cans per week are more likely to become aggressive, even carrying weapons and being physically violent with friends, fellow students and family members. The research published in Injury Prevention would make some criminal defense lawyers happy.
The famous "Twinkie Defense" harks back to the assassination of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and city supervisor Harvey Milk, popularized in the movie "Milk" with Sean Penn, where Dan White claimed diminished capacity as a result of junk food.
A Twinkie is a prepackaged cake with creamy filling. 1878 teens from 22 public schools in Boston, Massachusetts were studied as part of Boston Youth Survey, a biennial survey of 9th to 12th graders (14 to 18 year old).
The survey included questions such as how many non-diet soft drinks they consumed in the past week, measuring consumption in 355ml / 12oz cans. Responses were categorized according to quantity and then divided into two groups: - 70% Low Consumption: Those drinking up to 4 cans per week
Average Amount of Sleep on a School Night Those who drank more than 5 cans per week showed some alarming trends and were significantly more likely to use:
This is the same magnitude as the impact of alcohol or tobacco - the findings showed.
The authors concluded, "There may be a direct cause-and-effect-relationship, perhaps due to the sugar or caffeine content of soft drinks, or there may be other factors, unaccounted for in our analysis, that cause both high soft drink consumption and aggression."
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