Top 14 Energy Drink Dangers

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The dangers of energy drinks are getting a lot of press because of the sheer volume of energy stimulating products in the marketplace and the ease of access to these by minors.

While most energy drinks don’t have as much caffeine as a Starbucks’ coffee, they are heavily sweetened and easy to drink, which appeals more to the younger demographic.

Therefore, we are seeing increased incidents of those 18 and younger having dangerous side effects from consuming too many energy drinks at one time.

Fourteen Dangers of Drinking Too Many Energy Drinks at One Time

  1. Cardiac Arrest: While our Caffeine Calculator can show people how many energy drinks at one time would be lethal, this formula doesn’t apply to everyone. Those with underlying heart conditions have gone into cardiac arrest after just a few energy drinks. Before drinking energy drinks or caffeine, be sure to know your heart’s health.-A new study showed that energy drinks cause more forceful heart contractions, which could be harmful to some with certain heart conditions.- One study showed that between 2009 and 2011 there were 4854 calls to poison control centers regarding energy drinks. 51% of these calls were involving children. src– Another study shows the link between energy drinks and cardiac events among teens. This study recommends that teens consume no more than one 250 ml energy drink per day and not before or during sports or exercise. Study link. A 2016 study showed that 18-40-year-olds who drank energy drinks had a significant increase in their QTc interval, which is a marker of abnormal heart rhythm risk. Abstract.
  2. Headaches and Migraines: Too many energy drinks can lead to severe headaches from the caffeine withdrawal symptoms. Changing the amount of caffeine you ingest daily can cause more frequent headaches.
  3. Increased Anxiety: Those with 2 different genetic variations in their adenosine receptors are prone to feeling increased anxiety when consuming caffeinated beverages such as energy drinks. Larger doses of caffeine can even spur on full-blown panic attacks. The research.
  4. Insomnia: Energy drinks do a good job of keeping people awake, but when abused, they can cause some people to miss sleep altogether. This lack of sleep causes impaired functioning and can be dangerous to drive or perform other concentration heavy tasks.
  5. Type 2 Diabetes: Because many energy drinks are also very high in sugar, they can eventually wear out the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, which leads to type 2 diabetes.
  6. Drug Interaction: Some of the ingredients in energy drinks can interact with prescription medications especially medications taken for depression.
  7. Addiction: People can become addicted to caffeine and energy drinks. This can lead to a lack of functioning when unable to have the energy drink or a financial stress from having to buy several energy drinks daily.
  8. Risky behavior: There was a study published in The Journal of American College Health which showed that teens are more likely to take dangerous risks when high on caffeine. This could result in injury or legal trouble.
  9. Jitters and Nervousness: Too much caffeine from energy drinks causes some people to shake and be anxious. This can interfere with performing needed tasks or cause emotional issues. This study shows how caffeine can elicit anxiety.
  10. Vomiting: Too many energy drinks can lead to vomiting. This causes dehydration and acid erosion of teeth and esophagus if frequent.
  11. Allergic Reactions: Because of the many ingredients in energy drinks reactions could occur, from minor itching to airway constriction.
  12. High Blood Pressure: Caffeinated products like energy drinks can elevate a person’s blood pressure. For those with normal blood pressure, this isn’t concerning, but those with already elevated blood pressure could be placing themselves at risk of stroke and other health problems related to hypertension if they consume too many energy drinks in a short period of time. The research. A more recent study conducted by The Mayo Clinic found that Rockstar Energy Drink (240 mg version) significantly raised the blood pressure of study participants compared to the placebo drink. Overall, there was a 6.4% increase in average blood pressure. More about the study here. A newer study published by the American Heart Association showed that energy drinks have a greater negative effect on blood pressure than drinks that contain caffeine alone as the active ingredient. They believe the combination of ingredients in energy drinks are why these beverages pose a greater risk of heart-related problems than drinks like coffee or tea.
  13. Niacin Overdose: Niacin (Vitamin B3) is placed in most energy drinks at levels that cause no harm and can even be therapeutic. However, if a person is taking additional supplements containing Niacin, overdosing on the vitamin is possible when consuming energy drinks in addition to those supplements. Symptoms include; Skin flushing, dizziness, rapid heart rate, vomiting, itching, gout, and diarrhea.  Source. The British Journal of Medicine recently published a case study of a man who experienced nonviral hepatitis from B3 toxicity believed to have been from consuming too many energy drinks during a period of three weeks.
  14. Stress Hormone Release: A study conducted by The Mayo Clinic found that a 240 mg version of Rockstar Energy Drink caused an increase in stress hormone release. The average norepinephrine level of the participants increased by 74% while the placebo only caused a 31% increase. The study

Despite these serious dangers quitting caffeine is often easier said than done.

Due to the addictive nature of caffeine exacerbated by anxiety and lack of sleep, actually quitting caffeine can be a nightmare. After all, you’ve reached a place where you practically need caffeine to function. In this situation, it’s time to consider a legitimate caffeine withdrawal detox to cut caffeine quickly, without the pains of cold turkey detox.

From: Current Opinions in Pediatrics (Apr 2012)

From: Current Opinions in Pediatrics (Apr 2012)

World Health Organization’s Warning

The World Health Organization (WHO) just released a warning letter concerning the dangers energy drinks pose to young people, especially since they found 68% of adolescents consume them.

To reduce energy drink dangers, the recommend the following to government agencies:

  • Establish an upper caffeine limit on all products.
  • Enforce labeling requirements and sales restrictions to minors.
  • Enforce regulation of the industry to responsibly market their products.
  • Train health care workers to recognize and treat overdose from energy drinks.
  • Screen patients with a history of substance abuse for heavy consumption of energy drinks.
  • Educate the public about the dangers of mixing energy drinks with alcohol.
  • Continue researching the negative side effects energy drinks have on young people.

Their report is found here.

Moderation is Key

Too much of anything can potentially be dangerous, so moderation is recommended when consuming energy drinks as well. Caffeine (trimethylxanthine) and other ingredients in these beverages are drugs and should be respected.

To reduce the potential energy drink dangers education is key. Consumers need to be aware of how much caffeine is in a drink or product and parents need to know exactly what their children are drinking and talk to them about what is safe.

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  • Jason Foutch

    I drink the Green Monster or khaos love em but I don’t abuse em .. I drink them wen I’m either exercising or playing pool tournament or practice session an flushing out my body with ice water is a common routine for me.. Monster Energy is the best. Just yesterday I had no food all day drank one monster before i went to the track and it lasted me 6 laps power walkin on 3/4 mile track .. if you use them right they are great but you abuse em and you got a death wish …

  • Jason Foutch

    I’ve never had side affects from when I wasn’t drinkin monsters

  • megan

    I am addicted to these but I suffer atypical migraines 🙁

  • Claire

    I drink far too many daily and I do occasionally get the shakes because I’ve had too much or not enough! I believe they keep me going through my unusual shifts starting very early in the morning or very late at night! I tried to stop drinking them for 3 weeks and the headache I got was awful!!! Just last night I bought 4 more cans of Rokstar & Monster! They’re just so addictive!!!

  • hderror

    Ive heard that caffeine is really bad for people who have ADD . Like its dangerous for their mines because of chemical stuff in the mind. I asking to find out if this is bullshit

  • Ted

    There is a lot of debate surrounding this issue, but some children with ADD or ADHD actually do better with caffeine consumption.

  • Leonard Viltz

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  • bad mans

    me and my bestie are bad man tings, and we have engergy weekly. my friends dad showed us this website so we had to pour the rest of our energy drinks away 🙁 i think you can definatley get addicted to them because we kind of nearly cried and started to roll them on our faces then hug them. SO IF THIS IS A LOAD OF BS YOU PEOPLE ARE TOTAL NAUSES

  • Dan

    Can somebody explain the differences between the dangers of energy drinks and coffee? Coffee actually has more caffeine than energy drinks and, depending on how you prepare it, just as much sugar.

  • Ted

    Hi Dan, a few differences would be:

    1. Energy drinks also have other ingredients like taurine, B vitamins, artificial sweeteners, guarana etc.
    2.Energy drinks tend to be consumed rather fast, while coffee tends to be sipped. This puts more caffeine in the body at a faster rate.
    3. Energy drinks generally appeal to young people more so than coffee would. Kid’s especially may not understand their caffeine tolerance or be aware of underlying medical conditions that could interact with the energy drinks.

    You are correct in saying that caffeine-wise, coffee is generally higher per ounce, But there are other factors involved and energy drinks haven’t yet established the health safety history that coffee has since they are relatively a new occurrence in our diets, while coffee has been around for centuries. I hope this helps.

  • charlie

    thx. for help great for project

  • Ted

    Glad we could help Charlie!

  • Jeremy

    I have the solution! I have a energy drink that contains ZERO sugar, only 45 calories and contains a bunch of B vitamins while still giving you that much needed boost with the same great taste! This could change the world!

  • tapport

    Once I drank a whole 32 ounce can of Monster and then sat in a T-Mobile for 2 hours getting a problem fixed. My legs and hands were shaking and I could feel my heart beating like crazy. That was the last time I ever had an energy drink.

  • Shaun

    I drove mates too a party and just downed a couple of 6 packs of energy drinks instead of drinking, maybe I should stick to getting completely hammered?

  • singe-it

    Still bad for you…

  • jake stebbings Manu

    this is bull

  • jack spreadborough

    im reporting you fpr bad language

  • voice of reason

    This isnt bull , ive been addicted to energy drinks for 8 years. At the worst point i was having 2-3 of the litre bottles pretty much everyday (constant palpitations and anxiety attacks), now im down to one can of Relentless every other day mostly. The day i spend without caffiene i get shakey. have severe migraines, nausea, severe mood swings and am always on the edge so to speak. Currently no actual cardiac problems or diabetes despite this.

  • Dr, Jack

    EXCERCISING IS THE WORST time to use them. the compounds in energy drinks slow the blood through the coronary arteries, which bring oxygen and nutrients to the heart muscle. It causes your heart rate and blood pressure to go up, and the heart needs to dilate your arteries because it’s working harder, but instead it’s impaired — they don’t dilate, your heart is sluggish and slower meanwhile, the Caffeine causes a release of Calcium which affects your heartbeat and can trigger an arrhythmia. Yeah Jason, you really know how to use this drink, every drug user also thinks they know what there doing, but how many overdoses are there because a drug user thinks he doesn’t “abuse” it.

Last Modified: November 9, 2017

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