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.

Take our caffeine addiction quiz here: Caffeine Addiction Diagnosis

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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  • John

    forgot to add, You can drink the BFC monsters then take a nap less than an hour later..I do this regularly. I wish they made a no caffeine energy drink, for when I want the delicous taste of a cold green monster without adding another 80 mg’s to my already consumed 300+ mg.

  • Ironwolf

    You seriously consider whether watering your houseplants would like to be watered with energy drinks.

  • Ironwolf

    You repeat repeated words in your blog comments without realizing you repeated them.

  • SilverIn

    You’ve bought out the entire rack of energy drinks in a grocery store.

    You’ve read the warning “Do not consume more than 2 in a 24 hour period” and added something to the effect of “if you’re weak or a small child!”

  • josh

    if you’re drinking an energy drink whilst reading this, and it’s 3am

  • CaffeineChemist

    “You put your unfinished cans in the fridge, and fall in love with yourself the next morning for doing so.”

    And this is why ALL energy drink brands should sell bottled variants and not just cans, because I don’t always WANT a whole one and I hate it when my drinks lose the carbonation! >:C

  • philip

    when your bored in school and looking at all the energy drinks you havent herd of and want them! and drink them when your depressed every weekend and feel like crap

  • jasmine

    I’m drinking an energy drink while reading this…and its 2am lol

  • john

    You know you’re an addict when you masturbate and your favourite energy drink pops into your head!

  • haley

    haha Im drinking a bfc and reading this at 2 am and going to bed soon because I have to get up in 3 hours for work. Guess im addicted

  • Sherrux Strukk

    You collect the cans for whatever reason and have around 50 but think you need more.

    You buy energy drinks whenever you’re in town but just 1 is never enough.

    You no longer become dehydrated from drinking them all the time and if u do, you drink more energy drinks anyway.

    You always have an energy drink.

    All your friends have never seen you with anything other than energy drinks.

    You drink up to 8 on one day and wonder why you can’t sleep.

    You know all the best places for certain brands.

    You’re drinking one now on a bus while typing this.

    (Guilty of all ;D I’m loving the mini fridge idea, i should get a black one and cover it in Monster stickers X3)

  • ted

    Great list Sherrux!

  • Yogen

    I’m actually saving some money for an energetic mini fridge lol.
    Currently I’m in love with Venom, where I get them cheapest is kind of far venom home, but I still go and buy as many as I can.
    I do love the energy from the drinks to concentrate better when gaming (specially this one) playing guitar and even studying, and no sleep is great; but what I like most is the flavor, is like nothing else in the world.

  • Tim

    None of you are addicted like I am. If I don’t have one before work at 9 I go insaine and my mind feels dead and I start sweating profusely but as soon as I get one all of it goes away. I need help badd I can’t go on like this.

  • angie

    Tired of the same clerks ringing me up for dozens of drinks in the surrounding counties, resorted to ordering them by the case online! My UPS man just tosses them on my porch and I have to wait until he has pulled away to retrieve them due to embarassment. I count and re-count my stock and go into a full fledged anxiety attack if it gets below 10! My dentist has even chastised me for destroying my teeth w/ these drinks, and of course I lie to everyone about the amount I actually do drink. I actually get quite angry if I need to stop and buy any and the store is sold out from my last trip there!

  • Alexandra

    I LOVE Monster drinks and i am only 13, Once I drank like three and my hands started shaking! It was AWESOME!!! I AM AN ENERGY DRINK ADDICT!!(: I luv it!

  • Red Bull

    I HAVE ALL THE SIGNS OF A CAFFIENE ADDICT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Red Bull

    I am red bull’s friend and i can say my best friend and i have been friends since 4th grade and now we are sophomores and she’s still “Red bull!! redbull!!! oh my gosh yeah!!!!!!!!!” lol ur bff Cokeicolaa
    ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Sherrux

    I do all of these.

    When you go to make a sandwich and have to physically stop yourself from getting a can from the fridge only to fail at stopping yourself when you put the butter back.

    When you’re really thirsty in town so you convince your mum to lend you the money to buy a drink, you know you’ll want one later and every time you think of getting a Pepsi or something. Until an energy drink catches your eye and you end up leaving the store with a can of monster or something. Only to realise you did it again halfway through the can. (I’ve done this one more times than I can count)

  • Shaun

    aww…crap ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

Last Modified: March 16, 2016

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