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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  • Fitz

    I am an Army officer in command of about 80 soliders. 2 days ago, I was awoken by a phone call that one of my soldiers was in the hospital. He’d collapsed within an hour of finishing a 3 mile march. CPR was performed and medics tried to defribulate on the scene without response. Apparently he’d been down for while before anyone found him. He’s currently in ICU on life support in a medically induced coma with “very little brain activity.”

    Following the incident, we found that the soldier had been drinking large quanties of Red Bull. Apparetnly, he’d consumed at least 3 of the large cans the night before our training and at least one report stated that he’d been up for about 36 hours and was using the drink to keep going without our knowledge. Following the march, he purchased 2-3 more cans of Red Bull and was found in his girlfriend’s driveway unconcious and convulsent. He’s 24 years old, was in great shape, and no known medical history.

    While I can’t say for certain what caused this, the fact that he combined strenuous physical activity with significant consumption of the drink certainly seems to be a factor.

    All I know is that yesterday I had to sit with a grieving mother and try to explain the process of death benefits and gratuity in the likely event he does not recover.

  • wow you all are idiots

    red bull does lead to long term heart conditions. it is a fact. look it up. and for all these people saying they dont have heart conditions, im sure none of them have been tested by a DOCTOR.

  • nyasha

    are u serious!!!! i onli came on here coz l8ly i hva bin drinkin red bull no mre dan one or 2 a day!!!for the past week and herd bout that bloke who almost died frm drinking it! buh omg nowonder ppl are gettin ill drinkin 8 or 9 in 5 hours:O thas jst greedy if u ask me!! and if ther gonna start puttin on warning labels then they shud put it on all things with caffeine!!!! and personally i dnt find wen i drink red bull that it makes me hav ne mre energy then i did befor i drink it!!! and i find that with all energy drinks!!! the onli reason i drink it is because i like the taste! my advice is STOP BEING SOOO GREEDY!!

  • rathernotsay

    sometimes i freak out thinking im gona die. this made me feel better cause wow 8 red bulls. i drank half of red bull cola and a regular red bull

  • Allie

    whenever some genius dies or almost dies by caffein, people automatically blame the drink. its like they think the can of red bull or monster was holding a gun to someones head and telling them to drink an X amount. common sense people: it isnt the drink, its the dumb fcks that consume * !! 8 !!*

  • Charles

    They should make stupid people wear warning labels…

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  • haha. This is funny cuz i drink bout eight of those a day!! Lmfbao!!!

  • abc123

    10 last night
    13 tonight
    I’m gonna die soon
    🙂

  • Harsimranjit Singh

    I am a cyclist n runner,, i drink 1-3 red bull per day..but now i am addict to red bull, i want to leave this , what will i do for this… i have a habit to drink red bull with snickers(energy bar)

  • ted

    I would say that you should gradually ween yourself off of it instead of going cold turkey. 🙂

  • Kerry

    Obviously it is unsafe to drink 8 red bulls in 5 hours! The fact that he did, is his own fault. Has nothing to do with the product alone. Consuming too much of anything can be dangerous, even water!!

  • Kenny

    Nyasha “are u serious!!!! i onli came on here coz l8ly i hva bin drinkin red bull no mre dan one or 2 a day!!!for the past week and herd bout that bloke who almost died frm drinking it! buh omg nowonder ppl are gettin ill drinkin 8 or 9 in 5 hours:O thas jst greedy if u ask me!! and if ther gonna start puttin on warning labels then they shud put it on all things with caffeine!!!! and personally i dnt find wen i drink red bull that it makes me hav ne mre energy then i did befor i drink it!!! and i find that with all energy drinks!!! the onli reason i drink it is because i like the taste! my advice is STOP BEING SOOO GREEDY!!”

    I think red bull has completely slowed down your thought and reasoning skills. wise up with the grammar.

  • EB

    Exactly. Totally agree with you, Kerry. 8 of anything in 5 hours is ridiculously excessive. You deserve whatever happens to you. Be smart, people.

  • suraj

    this is 100% wrong . i drink 10 per day
    yepeeeeeeeeeee………….

  • FW

    Amateur,

    a couple of months ago i drank 7 redbulls in 2 hours… still walking

  • ehh

    i just drank 3 redbulls , started drinkin them this morning around 12 , im on my 4th one and its 1039pm ,

  • Emily Nghiem

    Comparing the greater dangers related to alcohol consumption:
    1. maybe this is why the legal age for alcohol is 21, since there is also judgment involved in mixing alcohol consumption with dangerous situations such as driving or being with strange company
    2. alcohol poisoning is not as common either, compared with driving incidents and crimes connected with the alcohol. So that is why there are more incidents reported with alcohol. Red bull and Monster do not impair the mental or physical judgment and coordination as alcohol does.
    3. the issue the consumers are raising with the companies are to have warnings, especially since these beverages are not banned for minors as with alcohol. They pose dangers for totally different reasons, in this case, possible heart attack or failure if taken in large quantities in a short span of time, especially if people already have pre-existing conditions. There needs to be greater safety policies on this, instead of just marketing these drink to young people without warning and education on health risks and how to respond if something goes wrong. Currently these drink are marketed like sodas without warning of any hazards at all. So that is the reason consumers are raising complaints or even filing suits.

  • trey

    I once drank 22 cans of red bull in 24 hours….suck on that!

  • hoi ik ben een pindaqwertytoetsenbord

    wtf i drink 5red bulls in 3 hours and i don’t feel sick
    this sucks 🙂

Last Modified: May 26, 2017