Survey on Energy Drinks and Alcohol

Research conducted at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland by Reuben Malloy and Dr David Newcombe

Thank you for your interest in participating in this study.



  • Researcher introduction & project description

My name is Reuben Malloy, and I have recently completed my Bachelor or Health Sciences degree at the University Of Auckland School Of Population Health, and I am currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours degree. For my Honours dissertation, I am conducting a study on the subjective patterns, knowledge and perceived consequences of alcohol mixed with energy drink (AmED) use amongst a sample of 18-35 year olds in New Zealand. Specifically, I am looking at the use and knowledge of AmED and differences in the risk-taking behaviours, and psychological and physiological outcomes between AmED use and independent alcohol consumption.


  • Who can participate?

You are eligible to participate in this study if you are between 18 to 35 years old and are a current resident of New Zealand. YOU do not have to drink energy drinks and/or alcohol to be eligible to participate.


  • What does this study involve?

This research involves participants completing an online questionnaire regarding AmED use, knowledge, risk taking behaviours, and the associated physiological and psychological outcomes experienced. This survey is estimated to take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. Your participation in this research is entirely voluntary and not compulsory. This study has been funded by the University Of Auckland School Of Population Health.

  • Are there any benefits of participating?

To thank you for your participation, you may enter a prize draw to win 1 of 4 $15 Pak'n'Save vouchers on completing the survey.


  • Data storage and use

The data obtained from this project will be encrypted and stored electronically, in a computer database, on secure University of Auckland premises. Data will be stored for 6 years, after which it will be completely deleted from the computer database. No information that could be used to identify participants will be used in any report on this survey. The data obtained from this project will be used to develop a dissertation, report intended for publication and a presentation to be delivered at a conference.  Participants wishing to receive a summary of the results can email the student researcher, Reuben Malloy, at or the principal investigator, Dr David Newcombe, at to receive an email summarising the findings from the study.

All information will be kept confidential and you will not be required to give your name or contact details. If you decide to enter the prize draw, your contact details will be stored separately to your survey responses.


  • Informed consent and right to withdraw

Participation is voluntary. By submitting your responses to the survey, you are indicating that you are aware of the nature of the study from reading this information sheet and that you wish to participate. While we would be pleased to have you participate, we respect your right to decline. Each item is optional; please feel free to skip any questions you perceive as distressing or sensitive. If you decide to discontinue participation at any time, you may do so. To withdraw from participation at any time, simply close the survey window before completion, thus signalling you are withdrawing from participation. However, after submitting the survey upon completion, you cannot withdraw your data.


  • Anonymity

Every step has been taken to protect your anonymity. Yet as the questionnaire is a web-based survey anonymity cannot be guaranteed due to your IP address being traceable. However, it is possible for you to switch off the function that saves the IP address and make it untraceable. The online questionnaire will be administered using ‘Lime Survey’ software utilising ‘SSL’ encryption to protect any data collected. All collected data will be encrypted and stored on a password protected computer on the secure University of Auckland premises. Furthermore, the data will be viewed only by the research team and will only be released in aggregated form and in such a way that no individual participant can be identified.



  • Who do I contact if I have any questions?


Please feel free to copy or print this information sheet. If you would like to discuss any aspect of this study contact Reuben Malloy via email at Alternatively, you can contact Dr David Newcombe, at



  • Has this research been approved by an ethics committee?


This study has been approved by the University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee (UAHPEC) reference number 9861.For any queries regarding ethical concerns you may contact the Chair, The University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee, The University of Auckland, Office of the Vice Chancellor, Private Bag 92019, Auckland 1142. Telephone 09 373-7599 extn 83711 or contact the UAHPEC Ethics Administrators at





Your completion and submission of this survey constitutes your consent to participate in this study.

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  A note on privacy
This survey is anonymous.
The record kept of your survey responses does not contain any identifying information about you unless a specific question in the survey has asked for this. If you have responded to a survey that used an identifying token to allow you to access the survey, you can rest assured that the identifying token is not kept with your responses. It is managed in a separate database, and will only be updated to indicate that you have (or haven't) completed this survey. There is no way of matching identification tokens with survey responses in this survey.