12 Signs of an Energy Drink Addict

People can be addicted to practically anything and energy drinks are no exception.

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The caffeine found in energy drinks as well as the sugar can form a strong dependence on these products in order to function normally.

If you think you may be an energy drink addict, below is a list of clues that can let you know how addicted to energy drinks you truly are.

12 Signs of Energy Drink Addiction

  1. You have to have an energy drink as soon as you wake up in the morning.
  2. You consume multiple energy drinks throughout the day.
  3. If you don’t have your usually energy drink, you become irritable and not fun to be around.
  4. You are sometimes late for work because you have to stop at the store for an energy drink.
  5. You spend at least $20 a week on these beverages.
  6. You drink energy drinks with most or all meals.
  7. You use energy drinks in place of getting a good night’s sleep of at least 7-8 hours.
  8. You get a caffeine withdrawal headache if you miss a day of normal consumption.
  9. Your friends and family are constantly nagging you about how many you consume throughout the course of the day.
  10. You can’t concentrate and be productive at work without energy drinks.
  11. You never drink plain water, but only energy drinks and sodas.
  12. You still feel tired even after drinking an energy drink due to your huge tolerance to caffeine.

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Were any of these true for you?

If you could identify with several of these, then there’s a good chance you are addicted to energy drinks. There are certainly worse things to be addicted to, but it’s good to assess your level of addiction and then decide whether it might be a good idea to cut back or not.

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If you feel that this addiction is creating more of a negative impact on your life than the benefits energy drinks seek to deliver, it may be a good time for a detox in order to break the addiction entirely.

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Negative Consequences of Energy Drink Addiction

Here are some of the consequences energy drink addiction can have on your life and health.

  • The cost of these products can create a financial burden.
  • The sugar found in most traditional energy drinks can contribute to weight gain and risk of type II diabetes.
  • The caffeine can interfere with a quality night’s sleep which is vital for both good physical and mental health.
  • They can sometimes serve as a gateway drug to more powerful stimulants.
  • They create both physical and chemical dependence in people, which can dictate a person’s level of functionality.
  • Unsafe daily quantities of caffeine can be consumed that can potentially lead to dangerous overdose symptoms.
  • Energy drinks’ long-term use health safety isn’t yet fully understood because they haven’t been around long enough to establish enough health data concerning their long-term use.

The bottom line is that addiction to energy drinks can be dangerous to your health and it can be financially burdening.

If you want to break your addiction, make sure you read about the caffeine withdrawal symptoms that can result in order to be prepared for the detox process.

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  • Brian

    You buy energy drinks in bulk and don’t know why the cashier/friends/family/strangers that see you with them look at you with great concern in their eyes.

  • tiller

    If even the “hardcore” energy drinks don’t effect you.

  • Eli

    Ah, all of these have been true for me at one time except the mini fridge… which makes me think about going and buying one now.

  • Tim

    When you have a collection of over 700 different caffeinated goodies, and when you exploit your friends as scouts for new additions; and when during their scouting they come to you excited because they found something, only to realize that you found it yourself two weeks ago.

  • Nick

    I’m guilty of…
    4, 6, 7, 9, 10 (for the most part), and 12 (if I actually have unfinished cans). Who doesn’t sniff an energy drink the first time they have one, though?

  • Dusty

    Nice additions everyone 🙂

    Tim, we’re very much alike! That last part of your post is like a weekly occurrence for me lol

  • doug

    i laugh like a hyena with no side effects! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!

  • Tramp

    2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12.

    not 1 simply because i spend so much money on energy drinks that i can’t afford one.
    not 3, but it’s the third icon in the bookmarks bar on firefox.
    i’m considering mixing it with my cereal now though…

    13. When the cashiers at the local big lots tell you what new additions they have to their energy drink line-up as soon as you walk in.

  • Gilly

    You head up Cocaine “shipments” for your friends, and they affectionately refer to you as their “dealer.” And yes, every mother in the Northern hemisphere gives you dirty looks as you walk around, oblivious. In fact, mothers of your friends begin to “intervene.” For you AND their children. : ) You have a reputation for being a bad influence when it comes to good drink choices, and you regularly hear that you’re going to die young. And you regularly respond that you’ll die happy then.

    All my justification on the matter lies in I Timothy 4:4-5, haha.

  • Gilly

    (sorry but vs. 3 is the context)

  • Evan

    1,4,7,9(but with all energy drinks),10,11,12. Mixing one with cereal and milk doesn’t sound like a bad idea though lol

  • Dusty

    All of you, this is wonderful to see you matching these points. I made this list pretty much based solely on my personal signs of addiction, so now I don’t feel so alone!

    Gilly, that’s a good one about the health warnings! I’m constantly being told that I’m going to have a heart attack by 30.

    Instead, though, I use those opportunities to educate the ill-informed person about the reality of energy drinks. It’s usually a lecture they aren’t ready for, and don’t really want (which makes it more enjoyable on my end)

  • Gilly

    I know! haha I wrote a research paper on energy drinks and I’m constantly having to go back to that to prove to people who warn me against energy drinks that they’re really not bad- moderation and awareness keep you healthy!

    OK, but question: how many of you hear that energy drinks are worse for you than alcohol? And what are your thoughts? I’m hearing that more and more…

  • Tramp

    I hear the energy drinks are worse than alcohol argument more and more. Still not a very prevalent argument but it’s getting there. I still want to know why people scoff at me when I inform them that energy drinks have vitamins. Also, everyone says energy drinks will adversely affect my health, but when some kind of bad ass cold went through my work I was the only one who didn’t get it..

  • Dusty

    9 teenagers die per day in an alcohol-related death.

    What more is there to be said?

  • Tim

    Nobody’s ever spent a night drinking Amp and then gone home and beat his wife. ‘Nuff said.

  • Tim

    And I’ve never heard of cops checking Blood Caffeine Content after an accident before.

  • Gilly

    In complete agreement. People overblow things like this so often without thinking about what they’re implying! That it’s worse than alcohol, that it’s a gateway drug, that it’s just poisoning your body… I mean 300-400mg of caffeine a day is healthy for most people; caffeine withdrawals can very commonly be overcome in 1 to 5 days. Alcohol and drugs are way more addicting than that! I could go on and on…

  • Evan

    Dusty, if these are based on you, then did you ever give in and try pouring an energy drink in your cereal? lol it would probably be good

  • Dusty

    Evan, I’ve considered it many times, but never done it. If a dreaded morning comes along and a drink is standing bye, I’ll probably do it.

Last Modified: March 16, 2016

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