Drug and alcohol information for PDHPE students

This guide takes you to key eresources, books and information about drugs and alcohol for PDHPE students.

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Key to library resources

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Energy drinks and caffeine

Energy drinks and caffeine

Formulated energy drinks are non-alcoholic beverages containing caffeine (‘caffeinated’). They are designed to increase energy and enhance mental performance. As their name implies, energy drinks promise a ‘boost’ of energy. They are marketed primarily to young adults, athletes, students and people in occupations that require sustained alertness in particular, although a significant proportion of the consumer market are children and adolescents.

Energy drinks typically contain the following ingredients in varying amounts:

  • ž   caffeine
  • ž   taurine – an amino acid naturally present in meat, fish and milk
  • ž   glucuronolactone – a natural substance produced by the metabolism of glucose in the human liver
  • ž   herbal extracts (eg, guarana, ginseng)
  • ž   water-soluble vitamins (eg, vitamins B3, B5, B6, and B12)
  • ž   sweetening agents (eg, glucose, sucrose).

Energy shots are a concentrated form of energy drink, which contain caffeine and other substances similar to energy drinks, but in small volumes (typically 50-60mls).

Read more about energy drinks and caffeine here.


Drug facts

Use the following websites to find information about specific drugs, including their long and short term effects, how they are used, legal status and information on mixing drugs.

Journal articles

Journal articles are a good source of explanations and discussions of drug and alcohol issues.  There are several eresources with links to journal articles available in the State Library.

A quick guide to drugs and alcohol

Further information from Drug Info

Visit the Drug Info website for free drug and alcohol information for the community of NSW. Drug Info is a partnership between NSW Ministry of Health and the State Library of NSW.