Coca-Cola, cancers, and coronaries: personality and stress as mediating factors

Psychol Rep. 1991 Jun;68(3 Pt 2):1083-7. doi: 10.2466/pr0.1991.68.3c.1083.

Abstract

A theory is presented relating the consumption of stimulant and depressant drugs to cancer and coronary heart disease, with stress/personality acting as an intermediary. The predictions from the theory that large-scale consumption of Coca-Cola would prevent cancer and promote coronary heart disease was tested and found to be supported by the results of a long-scale prospective study. Results replicate those from an earlier study using coffee as a stimulant drug.

MeSH terms

  • Alcohol Drinking / adverse effects
  • Caffeine / administration & dosage
  • Caffeine / adverse effects*
  • Carbonated Beverages / adverse effects*
  • Coronary Disease / etiology*
  • Coronary Disease / mortality
  • Coronary Disease / psychology
  • England / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms / etiology*
  • Neoplasms / mortality
  • Neoplasms / psychology
  • Prospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoking / adverse effects
  • Stress, Psychological / complications*

Substances

  • Caffeine