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Student Research Guide: Winter 2022 - Adolescent Caffeine Consumption: Home

Guide to the research field of Caffeine by Liam Holcomb

Introduction to the Topic

Caffeine is the most popular psychoactive in the world, and only relatively recently has its beverage forms (usually coffee, tea or energy drinks) been a frequent choice of adolescents. While the typical person knows vaguely the possible negative effects of caffeine, this vagueness works against a person under pressure to deliver finished work before continual deadlines, as temptation to use a substance that elevates mood and alertness with fairly inconsistent negative effects is facilitated. Namely, high school and college students. 

The aim of my research was to find

  • A. To what degree is caffeine harmful? And-
  • B. Are adolescents consuming caffeine at unhealthy rates? 

Through time and practice I found a few helpful resources and tips, I hope they help you out!

The caffeine curve, beginning with severe depression, rising past normalcy to incredible elation at five cups, and ending the day back at severe depression with a triple shotgun murder.







"caffeine curve" by emdot is licensed under

Keywords for searching the topic

Here are a few keywords that might help you on your search.

  • Caffeine
  • Adolescent*
  • Dependence
  • "energy drink*"
  • Addiction
  • Effect*
  • Withdrawal

Best Databases/Search Engines

Here are the databases I found most useful.

OneSearch ended up being the most helpful tool for my research. I think because the subject of caffeine doesn't strictly lie within one discipline, it can be difficult to find enough literature when searching a specific database. When searching I typed in my keywords, and filtered by peer-reviewed journals.

Start Your Research Here

These are the reference sources I found had the most potential. I hope they might be helpful to you, but from my perspective because you already know what caffeine to at the very least a rudimentary level, the best way to begin is to jump right into finding academic articles.

Bedi, R. P., & Wuitchik, N. G. (2009). Caffeine. In G. L. Fisher, & N. A. Roget, Encyclopedia of substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery.

Sage Publications. Credo Reference:

A thorough look at the subject of caffeine research, this is a great starting point, addressing the effects of caffeine (including withdrawal) at normal, high, and even dangerous levels. At the end they also provide a short list of references for further reading.

Britannica Academic. (n.d.). Caffeine. Credo Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2022, from

Although brief, this article by Britannica makes a great companion to the previous as it describes the physical structure in detail, sort of filling in the gaps. 

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