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Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology
Year : 2018, Volume : 11, Issue : 11
First page : ( 4807) Last page : ( 4812)
Print ISSN : 0974-3618. Online ISSN : 0974-360X.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-360X.2018.00874.0

Caffeine usage among Late Adolescence: An Experience from a Single Tertiary Care Hospital

Devi Shree S Lakshmi1,3,*, Jaikumar S2, Abilash SC3,4, Sinha Pammy5

1Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Shri Satya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Nellikuppam, Kanchipuram Dist

2Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Sri Lakshmi Narayana Medical College and Hospital, Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research, Puducherry

3Research Scholar, Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research

4Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, Shri Satya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Nellikuppam, Kanchipuram Dist

5Professor, Department of Pathology, Sri Lakshmi Narayana Medical College and Hospital, Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research, Puducherry

*Corresponding Author E-mail: drshree20@gmail.com

Online published on 30 January, 2019.

Abstract

Objective

Caffeine though commonly used by world population yet its addiction tendency and conventional belief are not exceptionally studied hence in order to determine the age of onset for caffeine consumption, positive beliefs about caffeine consumption and prevalence of caffeine addiction among young adults, the study is proposed.

Material and Methodology

The caffeine project was a cross sectional study conducted among late adolescence (18–21 years). About 150 late adolescents participated in the study. The questionnaire was divided into three sections: Section (A) contained four questions in regard to their demographic profile and amount of caffeine consumed. Section (B) contained seven different positive effects of caffeine and the participants were asked to scale them. Section (C) contains five polar question types. The five questions were selected by focusing on the desire to have caffeine and their anticipation of positive benefits on caffeine consumption.

Results

The study showed that 62.59% of the participants have started caffeine consumption before 8 years of age. The late adolescence participants were moderate to low group caffeine consumers. 26% of the participants were addicted to caffeine.

Conclusion

Early caffeine exposure can increase the risk of drug habituation must be understood and sensitizing the public about the risk and long term consequences of early caffeine use is mandatory.

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Keywords

Caffeine, abstinence, positive belief, conventions.

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