Trait anxiety and caffeine intake amongst regular caffeine consumers
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Introduction: There has been extensive and significant research on the effects of caffeine on anxiety, where the finding has generally been that caffeine has a tendency to cause anxiety. However, there has been less research on the effects of anxiety on caffeine consumption in general and to how this relates to the wider population, in particular, the drinking patterns of the younger generations, which seems to have been side lined. Aim: The aim of the study was to examine the effect of trait anxiety on caffeine consumption habits and to what extent this extended to the normal population. Method: This study used a self-report of trait anxiety and caffeine consumption of 32 participants. The data was analysed using a regression design. Results: The study found there is a non-significant negative relationship between tea consumption and trait anxiety (f= 0.679, p>0.05), no significant positive relationship between caffeine consumption and trait anxiety (f = 1.312, p>0.05). However, it has been shown to be significant for energy drinks (f = 4.777, p<0.05). Discussion: Such findings may infer that people are unaware of having trait anxiety. Further research are detailed which may be in the form of a lab experiment together with a self-report to measure symptoms of anxiety with potential caffeine intake, which could be used to establish whether actual awareness of anxiety affects consumption patterns or whether individuals simply choose to ignore it regardless.
B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology
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