Are energy drinks dangerous to health?
Energy drinks have been rapidly gaining in popularity. More and more people are using it as a quick pick-me-up when they feel tired. However, sometimes these can prove dangerous especially for teens and young adults. During recent years, there have been reports of two teenage boys getting heart attacks after consuming energy drinks. Besides this, reports also showed that there were others who had atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat, post consumption of energy drinks.
What makes energy drinks dangerous?
Energy drinks when had in moderation are fine. However, overdoses can be dangerous. The major issue is that most energy drinks have a greater amount of caffeine than a standard cup of coffee. For instance, an 8-ounce cup of coffee has about 100 mg of caffeine but when it comes to energy drinks, while some contain the same quantity, others can go up to 350 mg per can or shot. When there is too much caffeine, it reduces the blood vessels' ability to dilate. This makes blood pressure go up. If things get worse and blood vessels are so constricted that blood is unable to move through it, this can result in heart attacks, strokes and various types of damage to vital organs. Too much caffeine intake may also cause headaches and nervousness.
Another reason energy drinks can turn dangerous is when mixed with alcohol. While alcohol has a depressive effect on the brain, energy drinks have the opposite effect and stimulate the brain. The result is that the person who has taken the cocktail would not realize the level of intoxication.
Impact on kids
When it comes to growing children, the high quantity of caffeine in energy drinks may impact a child's brain, heart, muscles, and bone development. These drinks have also resulted in dental erosion in kids.
When it comes to energy drinks, it’s best to exercise caution and drink in moderation.