Energy Drinks: A Hidden Danger 

 November 16, 2010

By  Dr. John Vilkelis


The FDA came out in a statement against energy drinks with alcohol an may impose a ban on them .  This is the first step in what is predicted as a larger push by parent groups and health officials to ban all of these energy drinks.

Many teens and young adults are drinking these caffeinated alcoholic beverages and end up hospitalized as a result.  There are many companies manufacturing these drinks even though the FDA never approved the addition of caffeine to them.  One of the biggest dangers is the caffeine masks impairment so you may think you’re okay to drive and are not able to.

This month’s Mayo Clinic Proceedings published a study that analyzed many popular energy drinks.  The study showed that energy drinks sometimes have nearly double the caffeine as a normal cup of coffee and may contain as much as a quarter cup of sugar.  If that’s not bad enough, many ingredients like guarana, taurine (an amino acid) and other herbs minerals and vitamins that may interact with caffeine are not mentioned on the label.

Another danger to consider is that no studies have been conducted on the long term side effects of imbibing in these energy drinks.  This means that the claims have also not been proven and you may be putting your health at risk for nothing.

The health risks as laid out by The Mayo clinic are as follows:

Weight gain from too much sugar — and too much caffeine can lead to:  Nervousness, Irritability, Insomnia, Rapid heartbeat and Increased blood pressure.

Overall the dangers outweigh the risks.

Please let me know what you think about this post.  I would love to share your experience and questions.

Dr. John Vilkelis

Dr. Vilkelis has been in private practice for over 27 years. He has a reputation for truly caring for his patients and goes the extra mile to make sure people get the help they need. He accepts patients of all ages and is eager to help you get well and stay healthy. Give him a call today at (914) 618-4330.

Dr. John G. Vilkelis

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