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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  • connor

    i drink them all day and im perfectly fine

  • batman arceius

    wow. skyrim jokes 😀

  • me

    i have no idea

  • nate

    I just got addicted in the last few weeks. Yesterday I had about 18. I feel so bad today have had to get more because of the zombiness of it all and the headaches.

  • Edward

    i drink three monsters a day only once a week is that bad for u

  • Gabriel Juarez

    Well at least you got the joke right “arrow IN THE knee” and not arrow “to the” like some noobs say.

  • energydrinkking

    I have been drinking them everday for like 10 years i remember when they didn’t even sell 16oz cans my favorite was always boo koo well.. time to finish this monster.

  • Vincent

    even without energy drink i can use my whole strength in cycling, i can reach my full force

  • sony

    yes they are bad but don’t “ABUSE” them, like those gamers and those students who thinks Redbull will get me good grades. Drink once a week or have control over, it my sister use to drink Redbull a day sometimes 2 but now she cannot sleep longer than 6 hours or so and I did warn her but hey let them learn from their mistakes.
    They are bad if you abuse them….. just like fast foods

  • Debb

    I used to drink these energy drinks but switched over to Verve energy drinks….LOVE EM’!!!

  • Abbey

    Why would you want to drink this stuff when there are all these negative side effects that can potentially kill you! Drink something much healthier for you that is full of vitamins, nutrients and still gives you energy without the negative effects! abbeyanderson.vemma.com My personal favorite is the ParTEA and the new MoJoe! Research it and see all the great things it can do for you!

  • Love mon

    I drink 4monster every day hhh what you are talking about and mu age is 22

  • Mary

    I like to drink the Monster Rehabs . Are they better for you or just as unhealthy? And what if you only drink like 1 per day?

  • Ted

    1 energy drink per day will likely have little negative health consequences. The sugar it contains would be the worst of your worries.

  • Maegen Jean Diltz

    So I’m 12 and today I had nothing to eat then I drank half a Rack star, half a Red bull and half a Full throttle and ate 2 pudding cups and a chocolate bar.

  • Jaydabeat

    Yeah… Not eating all day, drinking ONE can of an energy drink then go excercise. Sounds like you know what your doing bud…

  • The One and Only Dave

    guys guys.. stop wasting your health and money of energy drinks go to your closest health food store and buy some ginseng it works better than caffine and is one of the main ingredients in 99.99% of energy drinks.

  • coady

    yolo

  • coady

    you suck monster is good if you dont like it get out of canada

  • Johnny Vega

    I drank six 5 hour energy shots yesterday, and man i felt like i could jump off a 1000 ft build then run around the around 20 times and take 7 samurai swords to the face, but then the next day i got felt like people were raping all sides of my body.

Last Modified: November 9, 2017

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