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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  • hef

    You had 18 drinks in 1 day?

  • red bull

  • JCAL

    My boyfriend was drinking 4 NOS a day. He was an aggressive monster, his sleep and eating cycles were a mess and I asked him to leave. He got off them and he is not only doing much better but he is happy again…and so am I.

  • JCAL

    use them right? not eating, running and just drinking monster…its a death wish. Where do people like you come from really?

  • JCAL

    Are you proud of this?

  • Jamal- Justice

    all of u need to stop bitching about energy drinks there available for you to take advantage of when needed doing an office job puts things into perspective and as for exercise take 3 caps of creatine and your body will do the rest
    oh and on another note have a little faith in your genetics they determine whether you can or cant do something

  • Fredderik

    I used to drink 2-3 energy drinks day . And now l have got Allergy 😛

  • Slaves on dope

    After a rough weekend on cocaine monday mornings can get rough! A good 3000mg of taurine and a pack of smokes gets you back on track

  • CherBear

    I’ve been drinkin 20-25 a day for the last 4/5weeks!! It is gettin to the point were it’s the first thing I do in the mornin till the last thing at night!! I also have 3 kids so coming of then for a couple if days and feelin the side effects isn’t much of an option a I have to be for and well to look after them! And I no if anythin hapens to me then I won’t be lookin after them but they are so addictive! I’m really in a catch 22! And any1 who thinks it’s easy to jst stop hasn’t been addicted to then like this!

  • Ted

    Could you possibly cut back 1 every other day and keep doing this until you are down to a safe amount. You really are consuming a dangerous amount. This seems really expensive too, how do you afford it?

  • KarleyE

    I am 15 and I drink an energy drink in the morning to keep me up!! Honestly I drink them for the taste!! If they made pop taste like energy drinks I would switch!!

  • Anonymous

    You’re retarded. Caffine is hardly addictive. It’s really not hard, just fucking stop you worthless scum.

  • Rosalinda Johnson

    switch to a healthy energy drink! one with Vitamins and amino acids that gives you as much energy as a 5 hour energy but no jitters, no sugar, and helps you focus…plus way cheaper! and you will be energized all day with just one in the morning and one in the afternoon. message me and i can tell you more. rosielascano04@gmail.com

  • Rosalinda Johnson

    if you want an energy drink that is healthy…how does 21 vitamins and amino acids, developed by neuropractitioners, surgeons, and dietitians for athletes and mixes into water instead of sugar carbonation liquid. sugar free/gets coloring from beetroot and theres 9 yummy flavors. Message me for more info rosielascano04@gmail.com

  • Rosalinda Johnson

    i never have bad affects from my energy drink. its as strong as 5 hour energy but without the jitters. It mixes in water so it never leaves me dehydrated and it tastes wayyyyy better. theres 9 flavors. my favs are green apple, watermelon, and cherry. hit me up if you wanna know more rosielascano04@gmail.com

  • Rosalinda Johnson

    i never have bad affects from my energy drink. its as strong as 5 hour energy but without the jitters. It mixes in water so it never leaves me dehydrated and it tastes wayyyyy better. it has all the vitamins and amino acids i need too and theres 9 flavors. my favs are green apple, watermelon, and cherry. hit me up if you wanna know more rosielascano04@gmail.com

  • Rosalinda Johnson

    nope…i never have bad affects from my energy drink. its as strong as 5 hour energy but without the jitters. It mixes in water so it never leaves me dehydrated and it tastes wayyyyy better. theres 9 flavors. my favs are green apple, watermelon, and cherry. hit me up if you wanna know more rosielascano04@gmail.com

    it has 21 mins and amino acids and was formulated by dr.s…i know which one he is talking about just on the zero sugar and 45 calories cause its a stand alone product!

  • Anna

    Let us do an experiment. Keep eating fast food and candy, drink as much soda and energy drinks as you possibly can, smoke and avoid to exercise. While I drink my water, eat my salad, walk 10 miles every day and work out. Ok – it is not an experiment, but I think you could consider it some sort of natural selection.

  • Anna

    I meant “as many”. I am not a native English speaker, but looking at the gramma over here I guess it does not matter anyhow 😀

  • me 2

    is it bad to drink them weekly

Last Modified: November 9, 2017

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