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Why (not) Alcohol Energy Drinks? A Qualitative Study with Australian University Students

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‘Why (not) alcohol energy drinks? A qualitative study with Australian university students’Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 281–287.

Step 2 – Apply the appropriate critical appraisal tool

– Adapted McMasters Tool 1

– Adapted McMasters Tool 2

[The templates for the tools above can be dowloaded from the ‘Assessment’ section on the learnonline site]

Answer each section, providing an explanation for your answers, where indicated.

Step 3 – Conclusion

Write a concluding comment on the methodological quality of the research based upon the appraisal undertaken.

Discuss how the appraisal process has broadened your understanding of assessing the quality of published research.

Step 4 – Prepare your written academic paper and submit via Gradebook (1,700 words)

Assignment Format

Critical Appraisal

Work through and answer each section of the critical appraisal tool. When providing explanations for the answers given, use information from the chosen research paper to support your explanation. Additional information from other references can also be used to support your explanations.

Conclusion 

At the end of the critical appraisal form, write a concluding comment on the methodological quality of the research based upon the appraisal undertaken. Discuss how the appraisal process has broadened your understanding of assessing the methodological quality of research.

Referencing

Please note that you should use correct referencing using UniSA Harvard referencing system

Purpose of the study

The popularity of alcohol energy drinks continuous to rise in Australia at a very alarming rate. Alcohol energy drinks have many consumers with the highest proportion of the population being youth. Unfortunately, there is a research gap on the reasons driving young individuals to use alcohol energy drinks. To address that limitation, the research aimed at investigating the perception and experience of University students in regards to premixed alcohol energy drinks (Jones 2012, pp281-287). The study focused on undergraduate university students located on New South Wales geographical region. The region proved much effective because of existed of a large of universities around the region as compared to other states thus capable of producing adequate and reliable data. The participants explained the benefits and disadvantages of consuming alcohol energy drinks that had similar traits of ready to drink beverages in terms of taste and image. The main benefit reported by participants is the ability of the alcohol energy drink to wake up and rejuvenate a drinker thus preparing them adequately for drinking and partying over a long period. Majority of the participants admitted observing and experiencing negative effects of drinking alcohol energy drinks some of which were severe (Grossman & Markowitz 1999, pp123-131). However, due to the addictive nature of those drinks the negative effects did not halt them from drinking.

Analysis and scrutiny of previous studies in relation to consumption of alcohol energy drinks provided evidence-indicating increase in intoxication levels, harmful alcohol linked consequences and risky behavior development.

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