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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  • DixieGurlSassy .

    Im twenty . had an energy drink for the first time last night in order to stay up studying for finals. I love the feeling . I ve had no crash and I actually did better on my exams. And it woke me up. Only had two hours of sleep. But no crash. Monster Rehab Rojo Tea is cool .

  • DixieGurlSassy .

    Anyone know if I can store a Monster at room temperature without it going bad, or do they always have to stay refridgerated? (No I cant spell.)

  • Ted

    Monster is full of preservatives, so I’m sure it would be fine at room temperature for sometime (up to 24 hours). Refrigeration improves the taste but isn’t a necessity.

  • Chuckie

    shhhhhh stop reading the future

  • monsteraholic

    i went to treatment for monster energy drinks.i would drink the bfc from wake up to sleep for 2 years.i would buy my home town out of the original monsters all smalls, megas and bfc’s..and withen a week they would all be gone.i would work all day on odd jobs just to get one.would have a masive headake or uranary problom.my moods would switch on a dime from happy to sad to really pissed off.when i was going through treatment it took two weeks for my withdrawals to kick in.vary moody lock jaw could not talk strait or think strait. i recently just started drinking them like i used to and i feel it all comeing back pluss now with a new problom the shakes…i work 6 days a week from 9-2 and all my money goes to monsters…i have been in a slum and i know that it has gotten worse cuz my habit…i am just looking for myself in the wrong place and i know that…before anyone has crap to say about my home town its a population of about 3400-4000. so we only have a small store and a gas station.here is a tip any addiction is bad it runes lives and not just yours but the ones you love.i lost friends, family and my wife…i know my spelling is bad same with my gramer but at my state i dont care…have a great fathers day and 4 of july all.

  • Ted

    Thanks for sharing your story. Although this post is intended to be humorous it certainly isn’t for people like you. Glad you are doing better.

  • Rob

    When you stand in front of the cooler and cannot decide if your going to get the 2 for $4 now and another 2 for $4 after lunch or take it easy for the day and get the 3 for $5.

  • Rob

    I ment 2 for $3

  • Carlos

    hahahaha i just did that shit today… im addicted to red bull

  • Eric Van Rooyen

    I hate the takes of monster…. I rather enjoy a red bull, or whatever is new, best I ever had is a South African energy drink – Pitbull omg!!

  • HMan2828 .

    ROFL whatever makes you feel better… That’s like gluten-free crack, I doubt the calories are the biggest problems here.

    I am strongly addicted to Red Bull (nothing else) and have no desire to get clean lol. I drank it before it was even in cans, when they sold it in small bottles in concentrated syrupy form. I was addicted to injesting meth for 2 years once upon a time, and when I kicked that red bull (and weed) are what kept me from relapsing.

  • HMan2828 .

    Don’t contact her they will take our energy drinks away from us!

  • HMan2828 .

    Red Bull is my baby too. I think if I were to recycle all my cans alone I would have enough aluminum to build myself a plane.

  • Justin Amaro

    Haha I am addicted and I drink 3-4 imports a day and I am 15 and I went like that for maybe 3 weeks and then I stoped for a 6 days and my side really hurts I had it checked out I am dependent on them now lol but idc cuz I love monster

  • debrazgalaxy

    Get a hold of yourself while your still young- before you cause permanent damage Justin. At that level of caffeine…you are messing up your body chemistry and will be prone to mental health symptoms. Your body will over produce stress chemicals.
    There is nothing cool about behaving as you must on that level of
    caffeine. People will just think you are foolish…and will not get to
    know what a great guy you are.

  • Andy Heeks

    You speak the truth. But it’s not easy to quit, I recently tried to quit because I kept getting heart palpitations, but I failed today and had a 473ml can of red bull. I’d quit once before for a few months and started to feel better, but also failed when my friend bought me one. I started drinking them at about 13/14 I can’t remember, not worth it in the end though.

  • Andy Heeks

    You have 7 a day?

  • Andy Heeks

    I do the last two

  • debrazgalaxy

    Hi ((((((Andy))))))))) That is one of my famous hugs.
    I am sorry that you are going through this. Please evaluate what you want changed in your life and your own behavior. Perhaps you have things you can change that will bring you peace and joy– so that you can avoid the caffeine ‘high’. You are a good guy just for who you are. Believe it- and make some changes which will help boost your body’s positive chemistry naturally. Every good change you make…will cause your body to produce positive chemicals.

  • debrazgalaxy

    How are you doing Justin ?

Last Modified: March 16, 2016

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