Top 10 Energy Drink Dangers

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The dangers of energy drinks are getting a lot of press because of the sheer volume of energy stimulating products in the marketplace and the ease of access to these by minors.

While most energy drinks don’t have as much caffeine as a Starbucks’ coffee, they are heavily sweetened and easy to drink, which appeals more to the younger demographic.

Therefore, we are seeing increased incidents of those 18 and younger having dangerous side effects from consuming too many energy drinks at one time.

Top Ten Dangers of Drinking too Many Energy Drinks at One Time

  1. Cardiac Arrest: While our Death by Caffeine Calculator can show people how many energy drinks at one time would be lethal, this formula doesn’t apply to everyone. Those with underlying heart conditions have gone into cardiac arrest after just a few energy drinks. Before drinking energy drinks or caffeine, be sure to know your heart’s health.
      - A new study showed that energy drinks cause more forceful heart contractions, which could be harmful to some with certain heart conditions.
      - A French study showed that between 2009 and 2011 there were 257 adverse events related to energy drinks. Most of these were of cardio-vascular origin with 8 cases leading to death. src.
  2. Headaches and Migraines: Too many energy drinks can lead to severe headaches from the caffeine withdrawal symptoms. Changing the amount of caffeine you ingest daily can cause more frequent headaches.
  3. Insomnia: Energy drinks do a good job of keeping people awake, but when abused, they can cause some people to miss sleep all together. This lack of sleep causes impaired functioning and can be dangerous to drive or perform other concentration heavy tasks.
  4. Type 2 Diabetes: Because many energy drinks are also very high in sugar, they can eventually wear out the insulin producing cells of the pancreas, which leads to type 2 diabetes.
  5. Drug Interaction: Some of the ingredients in energy drinks can interact with prescription medications especially medications taken for depression.
  6. Addiction: People can become addicted to caffeine and energy drinks. This can lead to lack of functioning when unable to have the energy drink or a financial stress from having to buy several energy drinks daily.
  7. Risky behavior: There was a study published in The Journal of American College Health which showed that teens are more likely to take dangerous risks when high on caffeine. This could result in injury or legal trouble.
  8. Jitters and Nervousness: Too much caffeine from energy drinks causes some people to shake and be anxious. This can interfere with performing needed tasks or cause emotional issues. A study out of Perth, Australia found that even just one 250ml energy drink can increase anxiety in young men.
  9. Vomiting: Too many energy drinks can lead to vomiting. This causes dehydration and acid erosion of teeth and esophagus if frequent.
  10. Allergic Reactions: Because of the many ingredients in energy drinks reactions could occur, from minor itching to airway constriction.
From: Current Opinions in Pediatrics (Apr 2012)

From: Current Opinions in Pediatrics (Apr 2012)

Moderation is Key

Too much of anything can potentially be dangerous, so moderation is recommended when consuming energy drinks as well. Caffeine and other ingredients in these beverages are drugs and should be respected.

To reduce the potential energy drink dangers education is key. Consumers need to be aware of how much caffeine is in a drink or product and parents need to know exactly what their children are drinking and talk to them about what is safe.

Sources: US National Library of Medicine
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Curr Opin Pediatr. 2012 Apr; 24(2):243-51 (link).

  • Dusty

    You get targeted by uneducated, overzealous activists with a false sense of purpose for partaking in a deadly habit

  • Nick

    #8 made me literally lol.

  • Kate

    #11 after using the Relentless can as a port-a-pot, the traffic starts moving again, so you wedge it in the cupholder for later disposal. An hour later you’re thirsty, and forgetful.

  • Gilly

    love 9 and 10.. haha

  • conner

    good idea! i’ll tell her it was a v pocket rocket.

  • Chronoscon

    12. You ignore all health warnings about energy drinks everywhere and add it to your diet in large quantities assuming that B vitamins should do you some good. You die 3 weeks later.

  • Mia

    i love energy drinks:)

  • Mia

    i drink them all the time and you all are stupid..especially dusty and gilly and chronoscon your thing wasnt funny at all..i’m drinking energy drink right now and i’m not dead stupid.

  • Palatable_monsterble

    It is mighty dangerous wen you have an empty pocket and you havnt had atleased 1 energy that day and your body decides to punish you by slipping into a coma untill a monster is opened in the near vicinity…at which point you cant be responsible for your actions^^

  • http://energydrinksdangers.blogspot.com/ Energy Drink Dangers

    Energy drinks can be dangerous to your health.

  • http://www.caffeineinformer.com nessa

    energy drinks are the best they can get u all hyper i think i need one now hahah

  • Destiny

    I had a Nos energy drink for my first time, and I felt the worst, like I was going to die! I felt really jittery and cold like my body was shaking. My heart and breathing concerned me, when I was trying to sleep. People kept telling me that I looked really pale and like I was going to puke. I will never have one of these Nos energy drinks again!!!!! It tasted great, but, the after feeling was too much for me.

  • Eric

    Well this is helpful. I used to wash down 2-3 energy drinks daily. Usually NOS or Monster. It was dreadful. It was very costly and resulted in so many effects. Some points I felt like I was going to die. Now im trying to get off them

  • mike

    good for you, Eric

  • Billy Jo

    Like it or not this site is extremely informative. Educate yourself and stop denouncing energy drinks when you drink Starbucks … or multiple cups of coffe at work. Keep your mouth shut until you study and know what the f$#@ you are talking about.

  • arceus sora

    i have had quite a few Energy Drinks until i took an arrow in the knee

  • bob

    Makes me want to drink some right now

  • Jared

    does anyone know how a SPIKE/SPIKE shooter may interfere with aderall? I actually am supposed to take it (not a druggie or anything) for my ADHD and was wondering if the combination is harmful. I tried drinking the spike when on my meds and it gave me a nice little boost but i didn’t see any actual problems.

  • Jared

    and also about the NOS drinks that people have problems with. i had one for the first time the other (off my meds) and felt nice and awake, no side effects, no headaches, etc. I think i may have a high caffine tolerance. the other morning i downed an entire SPIKE (the regular one 16oz, 350mg caff) and all it gave me was an average boost (the best i’ve had)

  • Matt

    Mia, everyone’s body is different and reacts differently to certain things. To call someone stupid for THEIR experience with energy drinks is very close minded and iognorant. Do you know how they feel? Do you know what side effects they may encounter? Do you know their family health history? Just because YOU arent dead, doesn’t mean they can’t or wont cause death!

Last Modified: September 1, 2014