Energy Drinks on College Campuses: Motivations, Risky Behaviors, and Health Concerns

Fees Instructions for Obtaining Credit

Program Information


This presentation will describe the prevalence and demographics of caffeinated energy drink usage on college campuses, motivations for use, and risk behaviors and health concerns associated with the drinks. The presenters will also describe a double blind laboratory experiment testing the effects of energy drink use on risk-taking behaviors.

Intended Audience

  • Administrators 
  • Physicians and Physician Assistants
  • Psychologists, Counselors, and Social Workers
  • Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
  • Dietitians and Nutritionists
  • Pharmacists
  • Students
  • Health Educators

Learning Objectives

The participant should be able to:

  1. Describe demographics of energy drink consumption in college students.
  2. Discuss motivations for energy drink consumption.
  3. Identify health concerns associated with energy drinks.
  4. Describe the relationship between energy drink consumption and risk-taking behaviors. 


J. Roxanne Prichard, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
University of St. Thomas

Caitlin Kelly
Student Researcher
University of St. Thomas

Program Planning Committee

Resolution of Potential Conflicts of Interest — Program Planning Committee: Program Planning Committee members have completed conflict of interest statements regarding relationships with commercial entities. Each of the Program Planning Committee members have reported no relevant financial conflicts of interest.

Continuing Education Committee, Continuing Medical Education Subcommittee
Nell Davidson, MD, Case Western Reserve University

Continuing Nursing Education Subcommittee
Martha Davis, BSN, MBA, University of Georgia

Continuing Psychology Education Subcommittee
Michael Malmon, PhD, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Continuing Education for Certified Health Education Specialists Subcommittee
Kathy Saichuk, MA, MCHES, Louisiana State University

Continuing Education for National Certified Counselors Subcommittee
Joy Himmel, PsyD, PMHCNS-BC, LPC, NCC, Pennsylvania State University-Altoona

Advisor for Social Workers
Drayton Vincent, LCSW, MSW, BCD, Louisiana State University


The fee for the download of this program is $24.95 and is payable directly to Conference Media via their website (see link below). We encourage you to share this download with colleagues at your institution.

There is an additional fee* for each individual requesting continuing education credit. This is payable to ACHA and is required prior to receiving your CE certificate. This fee is non-refundable.

ACHA individual members at member institutions: FREE
ACHA individual members at a non-member institution: $15
Nonmembers: $25

Instructions for Obtaining Credit

It is estimated that it will require 1.5 hours to view the download of this program and complete the post-test and evaluation. (You will be asked to identify the type of credit you are requesting when you take the post-test.)

Step 1: Purchase and view the download of the session. (Viewing this download requires QuickTime 7, available free from

Step 2: Complete the Post-test and Evaluation Form. (Note: you may print the post-test prior to viewing the download.)

Step 3: Purchase CE creditException: ACHA individual members at member institutions receive free credit, so may skip this step. 

Statements and Disclosures

Type of Continuing Education

  • CME: 1.5
  • CHES: 1.5
  • MCHES: 1.5
  • PsyCE 1.5
  • NASW: 1.5

About this Activity

Self-paced, synchronized audio and PowerPoint “capture” of a live program

If you received continuing education credit for the original live presentation (ACHA Annual Meeting, in Boston, Massachusetts, May 2013), you are not eligible for additional credit.

Important Dates

Released: August 2013
Expires: October 1, 2016


  • The American College Health Association (ACHA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
    ACHA designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Maryland Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

  • Sponsored by ACHA, a designated provider of continuing education content hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designed for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.5 total Category 1 continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level contact hours available are 1.5.

  • ACHA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ACHA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program has been awarded 1.5 hours of continuing education for psychologists

  • This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886508715-8527) for social work continuing education contact hours.

Policy on Continuing Education Post-Tests

It is the policy of the American College Health Association that when a post-test is required upon completion of a continuing education activity, participants must receive a passing grade of 80%. If participants receive a grade lower than 80%, they will be given the opportunity to re-take the post-test one time. If they receive 80% or higher the second time, they will be awarded continuing education credits/contact hours for the activity. We encourage participants to complete the post-test and evaluation form immediately after viewing the download. Those with a passing grade of 80% on the post-test will receive their CE certificate electronically within two weeks.

Conflicts of Interest

A conflict of interest occurs when an individual has an opportunity to affect educational content about health-care products or services of a commercial company with which she/he has a financial relationship.

The planners and presenters of this activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.

Non-Endorsement of Products

The Maryland Nurses Association's accredited-provider status refers only to continuing nursing education activities and does not imply that there is real or implied endorsement of any product, service, or company referred to in this activity nor of any company subsidizing costs related to the activity.

Off-Label Product Use

This educational activity does not include any unannounced information about off-label use of a product for a purpose other than that for which it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).