Death By Red Bull

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Have people really died from too many Red Bull Energy Drinks?

We could find no documented cases of death by only Red Bull alone. But, does almost count?

Update: This just in. The first wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Red Bull.

Brooklyn Man’s Heart Stops After Drinking Red Bull

33-year-old Cory Terry died after he drank a Red Bull shortly after playing basketball. His family is suing Red Bull for 18 million dollars.

Mr. Terry was an avid Red Bull drinker and had been drinking them for many years. His mother claims that he was very healthy and that Red Bull was responsible for his death.

We have no idea how much caffeine he consumed that day, but one can of Red Bull is just 80mg of caffeine.  Src.

Man’s Heart Stops After 8 Red Bulls

Australian Matthew Penbross’s heart stopped after consuming 8 Red Bulls within 5 hours.

Fortunately, ambulance officers (paramedics) were able to revive him with a defibrillator.

Penbross (aged 28) was in good health, with no history of heart disease, and regularly consumed 4 Red Bulls per day.

8 cans of Red bull amounts to 640mg of caffeine. A read of the article makes it appear that Penbross was not big on eating properly – so I wonder if he had this on an almost empty stomach.

Penbross was competing in a Motocross event at the time, so I imagine his adrenalin must have been through the roof.

Sweden Investigates 3 Red Bull Deaths

According to ABCNews:

“Swedish officials are investigating the deaths of three young people who are believed to have been drinking Red Bull. Two of the people who died had used Red Bull as a mixer with alcohol, while the third apparently drank several cans of the energy drink after a strenuous workout and later died of massive kidney failure.”

So, two of those people were mixing Red Bull with alcohol (a whole other problem) and the other seems to have had other health issues involved since caffeine isn’t metabolized by the kidneys nor causes kidney failure.

Man Drinks 20 Red Bulls and Goes Crazy

This happened a while back but still serves as a good example.

48-year-old Peter Edwards was caught “swerving from side to side” across the road. The police had trouble stopping him – he overtook their car and almost rammed into a truck. He was eventually stopped using a “stinger device” that punctured his tires.

Edwards was later tested and found to be free of any alcohol and drugs.

It turns out he had consumed 20 cans of Red Bull. By the sounds of it, he had been drinking these over the duration of a whole night. By our calculations, that’s about 1.6 grams of caffeine – still a long way off from a lethal dose – but enough to make you go crazy.

Red Bull made this inane comment:

“there is no added benefit in consuming the product in excessive amounts.”

Yeah no kidding.

15 Year Old Hospitalized After Red Bull Overdose

15 year-old in the UK was taken to hospital with heart palpitations after drinking eight cans of Red Bull.

Eight cans contain about 640mg of caffeine – which – to be honest, is not a huge amount. Red Bull also contains 1000mg of Taurine, 60mg Glucuronolactone, and 27 grams of sugar per can.

So to get things straight – the overdosing teenager consumed 216 grams of sugar (that’s about 54 teaspoons) along with 8 grams of Taurine.

8 cans in a row of anything isn’t advisable.

It’s time for some folks to rein in the caffeine overdosing.

8 Red Bulls is ridiculous (and expensive) – and by my calculations, this would also mean Penbross downed 216 grams of sugar (that’s more than a whole cup of pure white sugar) and Edwards would have consumed 540 grams. Too much sugar in the blood stream can also have intoxicating as well as deadly side-effects.

Don’t forget all the Taurine either… Red Bull has 1000mg per can. Taurine is something we have little data on.

Red Bull and Lack of Sleep Linked to Man’s Seizures

According to Ottawacitizen.com, a Canadian man began experiencing severe seizures and the doctors are saying that it was triggered by lack of sleep and too much caffeine. The man had been consuming 2 or more cans of Red Bull per day since he was 16 years old (he’s 26 now).

The man has been subject to all kinds of medical tests and doctors can find no other plausible explanation for the seizures. Although the man didn’t die, he was placed in intensive care and was in a coma for 3 days.

These kind of stories are very concerning – given that we now have drinks with substantially more caffeine than Red Bull.

Other Energy Drink Deaths Have Been Documented

Red Bull isn’t the only energy drink being linked to deaths and medical problems.

Monster is being tied to at least 5 deaths and 5 Hour is being blamed for the death of at least 13 people. However, nothing has been proven and these complaints are still under litigation or investigation.

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  • Billy N

    I think if u drink soda on a regular basis, like any beverage, it raises ur tolerance to it, i drank 9 red bulls in the span of 45 mins (LITERALLY STOOD THERE ANDCHUGGED 2 4-PACKS AND ONE EXTRA) and couldnt blink for like 10 mins, couldnt focus my eyes, had mini seisures(not really but i was twitchin like crazy) and im a big person

  • Dani C.

    ok i dont think thats all tru cuz i just consumed 5 cans of monster in the last hour and as u can tell im alive and thats 8oo mg of caffeine

  • michelle

    I don’t understand any of you guys. Why do you need caffeine at all? Eat right and get enough sleep and you will not feel sleepy during the day. Geez, how stupid!

  • heidi

    maybe not everyone drinks caffeine to live. maybe some people just enjoy the taste of energy drinks or maybe like the buzz it gives them. what do you do to have fun? go to other websites and bash other peoples habits too, or is it just here?

  • Jen

    I drank 12 redbulls one night after finnishing exams, all mixed with vodka, and then went out and drank jager bombs that same night, which also have red bull in them. I didnt sleep for 2 days and was hypo as hell but, no heart problems or anything. That was my first time on red bull and i never drink coffee or coke. Reading that article after i had done this is scary. I still drink red bull, but only ever about 4 at one time.

  • the facts

    JUST SOME FACTS ON CAFFEINE!
    Caffeine is a psychoactive drug which stimulates the CNS, and is completely absorbed thru the GL tract and metabolised through the liver. It has a half-life of around 3 hours, which can be doubled if your on the oral contraceptive pill. And takes 45-60 minutes to reach its peak concentration. Caffeine will not thin your blood. It increases blood pressure by about 5-15mmHg SMP and 5-10mmHG DBP. Caffeine is ergogenic particluarly for endurance exercise events and can increase time to exhaustion by 20-50% in events lasting less than 30mins. However it is inversely related to intensity. Caffeine is safe cheap and legal and has never caused a negative performance in sport.
    Chronic use of caffeine is related to high blood pressure that can not be resolved by 3 blood pressure medications all at full dose, snoring and cigarette smoking. Pregnant women should not consume caffeine as the infants liver would not be developed enough to metablise the drug. It also can decrease stability and balance which will have an adverse effect on the elderly.
    However caffeine is flogged as a magic bullet, no wonder since it is the worlds seconds most traded commodity after OIL!

  • As someone who is highly sensitive to caffeine this website is very intersting reading. But on this story what is that Taurine stuff they put in Red Bull? It says its an amino acid on the can but that doesn’t make much sense to me.

  • Ralph

    I love red bull but 8 is CRAZY. No one needs that much and it’s just stupid to use that much in one day.

  • jerry

    last weekend i had 5 in about 2 hrs and passed out at a casino no booze in them had to be put on oxygen then released but i blacked out only second timr in my life i drank re bull and last i am 50 yrs old

  • tara

    hmmm at this point i am just curious on how many red bulls it is possible to drink in one day. i have had 8 so far and i have 8 more cans left.

  • Mikul

    As has been pointed out, it needs to be remembered that Red Bull not only contains caffeine, but loads of sugar and who knows what all kinds of chemicals as well. Drinking 8 Red Bulls would be putting a big load of said sugar and chemicals as well as caffeine in your system at once, and would not be the same as slamming down 8 (black or lightly sweetened) espresso shots.

  • Earlier I was sleeping but my heart woke me up.
    I think its irregular heart beat, I was scared and wanted to do some small researching and I found this place.

    I agree with what Jason B says, everyone reacts with everything differently.

    So I’m thinking, I gotta see a doctor to see what my limit is right? What do I ask my doctor? How do I approach?

    I love red bull, with a passion. I love red bull more than Popeye loves his spinach. It has wonderful function, with a stylistic logo, and grand taste.

    Anyways, it’s nice hearing people drink up to 8 cans a day or even a whole 20$’s worth in a day. I don’t drink anywhere near that, but I’m still scared right now.

    I drink about 2 a day, on some days I skip cause I don’t want to play out the red bull in my body. I only drink it with purpose too, I been working on a huge project the past 3-4 months…I’m almost finish too so I’d like my heart to stay with me to the end of this project and beyond.

    Some one email me back, or comment!

  • Jeff

    Last new years a buddy and i drank about 9-10 red bulls altogether along with jagermeister (jager bombs) that night neither of us were able to sleep at all! As Andrew stated above i too had an irregular heartbeat and it freaked me the hell out. Red bull is something i learned should be consumed in modesty, especially for those who have a weak heart…

  • levi

    red bull is for exactly the animal it endorses……….if you are a little bunny rabbit,dont have a red bull,if you are a real bull,you will feel fufill’d.

  • aaron

    i work at a coffee shop.they sell redbul there,and i get half off so i drink anywhere from 8-16 red bulls everyday.i weigh 130lbs,and apparently i have a tolerence to taurine and caffeine.along with the redbull,i take straight shots of expresso which all have 100mg of caffeine in them.therefore i drink about 2000mg of caffeine per day along with 8000-16000 mg of taurine each day.i feel sick as shit if i dont drink mucho water along with this high caffgeine/taurine consumption. my recomendation is for everyone to limit their intake of this potent drinks,and gradually increase your dosage everyday when you start feeling less and less of a buzz.i sleep like a kitten at work too.so drink up bitches.if you die,it doesnt really matter either way because youll be forgotten eventually.so will red bull.so will earth.isnt this a lifting story?i’d say it is.

  • Arx

    These things vary from person to person, and because of this, you can’t be sure who will suffer badly from it and who will resist it well until it actually happens.

    The irregular heartbeat is definitely a sign you should back off because that means something is interfering with your brain’s nervous signals, which should never happen.

    But yea, I agree with Levi. It’s for the bulls. If you’re a bunny rabbit, you should be careful because you just might be the next headline maker.

  • KG

    Taurine is the same caffeine, read the books, stupid kid

  • ted

    KG- I think you mean guarana. Taurine is an amino acid.

  • Josh

    Ok, Listen up. BUYER BEWARE!

    THE INGREDIANTS ARE RIGHT ON THE CAN/BOTTLE. IT TELLS YOU HOW MUCH CAFFEINE IS IN IT. IT IS THE BUYERS JOB TO MAKE SURE IT IS SAFE TO DRINK. EVERYTHING EFFECTS EVERYONE DIFFERENTLY. RED BULL DOES NOT KILL PEOPLE.

    READ THE LABEL. THATS YOUR JOB.
    RED BULLS JOB: MAKE A SATISFYING PRODUCT THAT MAKES THE CUSTOMERS HAPPY, AND GIVE THEM WINGS.

    READ LABELS, TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR, IF YOU HAVE A HEART CONDITION MAYBE ITS NOT SAFE TO DRINK THIS.

    AGAIN, BUYER BEWARE.

  • I don’t see why everyone is so scared. I just treat Red Bull as I would a cup of coffee. I would never drink 5 cups of coffee in a couple of hours. Not only would I be all jacked up but it would also tear up my stomach. I drink 1 Red Bull in the morning and 1 after lunch, just like I had been drinking coffee and it’s been just fine…. a nice boost with no bad effects (for me anyway).

Last Modified: May 26, 2017