Dangers of Energy Drinks
Even if you’re tired, you might want to think twice before reaching for an energy drink. Researchers who reviewed previous studies on energy drinks found a long list of dangers related to their caffeine content, which is often higher than that of coffee. During 2010–11, nearly 5,000 poison center calls in the United States were for overdoses of energy drinks, which can cause a racing heartbeat, nausea, vomiting, seizures, and even death. Two-thirds of those calls were for people younger than 20. In over a third of the calls, the person had mixed energy drinks with alcohol, a particularly dangerous combination because it causes “wide awake drunkenness,” allowing the person to keep drinking more alcohol.
Source: Frontiers in Public Health, published online Oct. 14, 2014