Motivations for Caffeine Consumption in New Zealand Tertiary Students

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Caffeine-related health incidents in New Zealand have escalated over the last two decades. In order to reduce the risk of substance-related harm, it is important to understand the consumers' motivations for its use. This is especially true for tertiary students who are presumed to be at a higher risk due to seeking out caffeine's well-known cognitive benefits as well as the targeted marketing of such products to young adults. This study examined the habits and motivations for caffeine consumption in tertiary students in New Zealand. A previously validated caffeine consumption-habits (CaffCo) questionnaire was administered online to 317 tertiary students (n = 169 females), aged ≥16 years. Of the 99.1% of participants who regularly consumed caffeine, coffee (76.3%) tea (71.6%) and chocolate (81.7%) consumption were the most prevalent. Motivations for caffeinated-product consumption differed according to caffeine source. Tea was consumed for the warmth and taste, coffee was consumed to stay awake and for warmth, and chocolate, for the taste and as a treat. Marketing was not identified by participants as influencing their consumption of caffeinated products. Knowledge of motivations for caffeine consumption may assist in identifying strategies to reduce caffeine intake in those New Zealand tertiary students who regularly consume amounts of caffeine that exceed safe level.
caffeinated product, caffeine literacy, caffeine supplement, chocolate, coffee: energy drink, tea, Adolescent, Caffeine, Chocolate, Coffee, Diet, Feeding Behavior, Female, Humans, Male, Motivation, New Zealand, Students, Tea, Young Adult
Stachyshyn S, Wham C, Ali A, Knightbridge-Eager T, Rutherfurd-Markwick K. (2021). Motivations for Caffeine Consumption in New Zealand Tertiary Students.. Nutrients. 13. 12. (pp. 4236-).