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The Drinking Behavior of Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages among Taiwanese Manual Workers: A Qualitative Study

Wan-Ju Cheng, Ya-Wen Cheng

Background: Many studies showed that caffeinated alcoholic beverage (CAB) consumption is prevalent among college students in Western societies, and has been found to increase alcohol-related medical risks. Drinking behaviors of CAB in various populations may lead to different medical risks. But how CAB is consumed in Taiwan has rarely been studied. Methods: We conducted in-depth individual interviews with 25 Taiwanese manual workers and 3 worksite supervisors to explore their CAB consumption behaviors and perceived medical risks. Results: Study participants reported that in Taiwanese manual workers, CAB drinkers typically consumed pre-mixed CAB at the workplace every work day, 2 to 5 times a day, and a total amount of 12 to 96 g of pure alcohol per day. CABs were consumed in an attempt to boost energy, to socialize, and to promote health. CAB drinkers in Taiwan were mostly concerned of the risks of chronic liver diseases and alcohol dependence. Conclusion: The CAB drinking pattern among Taiwanese manual workers caused several medical concerns. More research are needed to confi rm acute and chronic medical consequences of CAB consumption. The government offi cers should take more aggressive management measures to avoid inappropriate use of CABs.
Key Word alcohol, caffeine, energy drinks, behavior
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