What? A morning without our cup of Joe? It’s a scary thought for many of us coffee-addicted parents. Even scarier, though, is the fact that our teens are now waking up to the caffeine habit. From sodas and energy drinks to coffee shops popping up around every corner, caffeine is hard to avoid these days, and it’s easy to see why teens want in on the trend.
“There’s an obvious (if temporary) ‘energy boost’ that’s appealing. Advertising is also a huge influence; many energy drinks have marketing strategies designed to appeal to teens. Then there are teens who want to do the ‘grown-up’ thing, which is drinking coffee,” says Antonette Acosta-Dickson, M.D., at Kansas City’s Kimball and Associates Family Medicine.