Death By Red Bull


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, 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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  • Timmay

    I drink redbull everyday and it’s surgar frees like the 8 ounce ones and if I do that for a year what would happen since theirs no surgar just caffeine and all the other stuff

  • Ted

    Likely nothing other than costing about $700+ a year.

    Drinking water would certainly be better for your long-term health, but 1 red bull a day would not have any immediate consequences.

  • powermojo

    wtf are these crazy people drinking like 8 cans of redbull at ONE time?
    Here in Thailand the motto for redbull is “do not drink over 2 cans per day” not the “red bull give you wings”.

  • skyrimorchestra

    If you think you don’t rely on caffeine for anything, try going without it for a week. I didn’t even realize I was addicted to caffeine until I ran out of coffee one day before work. By the time I got home the migraine was pounding and because caffeine withdrawal occurs when the adenosine receptors in your brain freak out, if you drink a shot of caffeine, it doesn’t relieve the headache right away either. You literally suffer with excruciating agony until the next morning when you take your next shot of coffee/Red Bull/whatever. So say you quit all together, that’s massive headaches, you’re exhausted all the time, everything seems fuzzier, etc. Not that *I’m* judging, even after all this, I still drink a Red Bull a day. It has less caffeine than coffee anyway!

  • Algo

    Why is this article focusing primarily on the concentration of caffeine in Red Bull? There is more than just caffeine in there! There are also vitamins B3, B6, B12; and the first two vitamins can be lethal if taken at a high enough dose! There are several components in the energy drinks that convert to caffeine in the body. The issue isn’t “how much caffeine did you consume?”, the issue is “how much caffeine did you consume with B3, B6, and B12 added with the effect of consuming the other additives in the energy drinks?”.

    Is this website a lobbying front for the energy drink industry?

  • Ted

    Really?? If this website was a front for the energy drink lobby I doubt they would be talking about how energy drinks have killed people.

  • Mohsin

    I drank over 12 cans each day and developed a mental illness.

  • Guest122234

    Caffine can be linked to kidney failure as it causes dehydration. Drinking red bull to excess on its own is dangerous, just like taking any drug in excess. Regular spacing between drinking cans followed by regular hydration aswell is the sensible way to consume highly cafinated drinks.

  • Red bull guy

    Red bull is not bad if you have one or two.. Three if it is the sugar free version, but 8 is just crazy. The most i had in one day is 6. Rockstar is worse when it comes to caffene

  • Nick

    My dad owns a repossession company and I help him I drink about 6 to 7 20oz Redbull a night and I feel fine I am 20 years old I’m 6 foot tall 129 pounds so I’m not a big person and I feel fine. I just like redbull!!!!!!!!!!!

  • CMP

    People constantly go on about how bad, unhealthy and dangerous Redbull products are. But do people ever consider how bad, healthy and dangerous many other food and beverage products are?

    A standard can of redbull (250ml) contains 80mg of caffein which is roughly the same amount of caffein that a standard instant coffee contains, an espresso shot can contain around 100mg of caffein, green tea can contain 30-50mg and black tea 25-110mg of caffein.

    Taurine is an amino acid which is naturally occurring in the human body. The human body contains 70 times more taurine than a 250ml can. Taurine is also found in food such as scallops.

    The sweeteners are also used in many daily and sugar free products, and have been evaluated by regulatory food, health and safety authorities all over the world.

    The cans contain all the ingredients and amounts on the back of the can and also states “Usage: 2 cans Max. Daily”. There are no hidden ingredients, just do your research on the product.

    I am not saying that redbull products are healthy for you, but they won’t do any harm to you if you
    1. Do not drink energy drinks daily.
    2. Go over your recommended daily intake of caffein (300-400mg), sugar etc.
    3. Do not drink energy drinks if you are caffein sensitive, under the age of 15, have heart, liver, kidney or any other issues, and are pregnant.
    4. Do not mix energy drinks with other energising stimulants such as “no doze” or “pre workout”

    If you stick to these simple and reasonable practices, then there will be less “energy drink related deaths & issues”. Because I can almost guarantee that health problems or deaths related to an energy drink have not occurred if these practices have been followed accordingly.

  • “FRANCE and DENMARK have just prohibited it as a cocktail of death, due to its vitamin components mixed with GLUCURONOLACTONE ‘ – a highly-dangerous chemical, which was developed by the United States Department of Defense during the sixties to stimulate the moral of the troops based in VIETNAM, which acted like a hallucinogenic drug that calmed the stress of the war. But their effects in the organism were so devastating, that it was discontinued, because of the high index of cases of migraines, cerebral tumors and diseases of the liver that was evident in the soldiers who consumed it.”


  • Ted

    Not sure where to start with this, but Red Bull is sold in both France and Denmark. Also Glucuronolactone (DGL) occurs naturally in the human body when glucose is broken down by the liver.

    All connective tissue contains this compound. DGL is believed to aid in detoxification, freeing hormones and other chemicals, and the biosynthesis of vitamin C.

    You can’t believe everything you read on the internet Viva.

  • Cka Stu

    You just made that comment on the internet Ted, so should i ignore it and Vivas? Where is your info coming from? I’m not saying your wrong, but saying “don’t believe everything you hear on the internet” is cheap and sounds like something ignorant my old man would say. Please don’t sound like my old man, he’s an idiot!

  • Cka Stu

    On contrary most Red Bull drinkers have no clue how bad what they are drinking is for them. Likewise few know where there meat and fish is coming from and what it has to go through from start to finish to get there. Even fruit and veg can’t be trusted. Processed foods require a degree in nutrition to identify what’s ok and what isn’t. Even then it depends which scientific paper you consult. Companies should be legally obliged to be upfront with you, as they are now made to be with tobacco. Don’t rely on uneducated people to make educated responses, educate them on the side of the packet.

  • Cka Stu

    Clearly you have something for dying in your 40’s too. Please carry on by all means, Darwin awards strike again, lol.

  • Cka Stu

    Some terrible advice there. Does “likely nothing” mean you are still alive and feel ok? This is more likely

    “Red Bull Sugar Free may increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. A 2008 Australian study by the Cardiovascular Research Centre at the Royal Adelaide Hospital concluded that just one can of Red Bull can increase the “stickiness” or viscosity of your blood to levels of significant risk for clotting. Blood clotting is one of the primary precursors to stroke and cardiac arrest.
    Harvard University reports that taurine, one of the main ingredients in Red Bull Sugar Free, may also dilate blood vessels around the heart. This increase in vasodilation can cause too much blood to flow to your heart and can increase cardiac stress. The cardiovascular concerns are not taken lightly. Red Bull drinks are banned in Norway, Uruguay and Denmark because of the potential risks to cardiovascular health.”

    Do that every day for a year and let us know, if you still can of course, lol.

  • John Khan Harrison

    been up all night
    i drank 10
    got 2 left
    will i drink them ?

  • John Khan Harrison

    maybe he drank them in a row like a dare or something

  • John Khan Harrison

    are you dead yet ?

Last Modified: May 26, 2017