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Study Calls for
Labeling of Potentially Dangerous Energy Drinks
A study published in the journal, Drug and Alcohol
Dependence, warned that energy drinks can cause
caffeine intoxication. It suggested product warning labels
be made mandatory.
Symptoms of caffeine intoxication include nausea,
headache, heart palpitations, insomnia, anxiety or daily
The "boost" from energy drinks comes from the high levels of
caffeine and sugar they contain. An 8.3-ounce, popular
energy drink has 280 milligrams of caffeine (about two to
three cups of coffee). This represents a moderate, daily
dose of caffeine, but when combined with other stimulants,
especially alcohol, it can be dangerous.
According to new research from Wake Forest University
School of Medicine, students who drink alcohol mixed
with energy drinks are at a dramatically higher risk
for injury and other alcohol-related consequences.
"Students whose motor skills, visual reaction times, and
judgment are impaired by alcohol may not perceive that they
are intoxicated as readily when they're also ingesting a
stimulant," said lead researcher, Mary Claire O'Brien, M.D.
"Only the symptoms of drunkenness are reduced - but not the
drunkenness. They can't tell if they're drunk; they can't
tell if someone else is drunk. So they get hurt, or they
hurt someone else."
For more energy, a healthy diet, physical activity, and a
good night's sleep are suggested.
Reissig, C.J., et al., "Caffeinated energy drinks -- A
growing problem," Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral
Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, "Energy Drink
'Cocktails' Lead To Increased Injury Risk, Study Shows.",
Science Daily, 11/6/07
Source: Sun Chlorella USA 12 Nov 2008
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