Energy Drinks: A Health Risk

Halloween has changed since our carefree elementary school days. Instead of class parties, in college it means going to parties where there will most likely be kids drinking. With drinking comes experimenting with different types of drinks. Mixing alcohol with energy drinks is nothing new. There has been recent news that energy drinks are dangerous. If they are dangerous on their own, then you should re-consider what you’re putting into your cup! Whether you drink a Monster or a Red-Bull to get you through the day, or you mix it in your drinks at parties, be careful!

The New York Times posted an article about the potential dangers of Monster Energy drinks. There have been reports of nonfatal heart attacks, along with abdominal pain and an abnormal heart rate. While healthy adults can consume larger quantities of caffeine, it may pose a risk to those who already have heart disorders.

Here are some of the dangers of energy drinks:

  1. Mixing alcohol (a depressant) with an energy drink which is a stimulant can be harmful. Normally, the signs that you are intoxicated, such as fatigue, get canceled out with the effects of the stimulant. This can be dangerous and may lead to people drinking more than they can handle.
  2. Energy drinks have 3-5 times the amount of caffeine as regular sodas do. Caffeine is already bad for you, and can cause disrupted sleep and anxiety. Multiply that times three, and it’s even worse.
  3. The large sums of sugar in the energy drinks can lead to spikes in blood sugar and weight gain.
  4. Large amounts of caffeine can dehydrate your body of the water it needs.

Energy drink companies will do anything to try and sell kids on their product. There is even a new fad of anti-energy drinks which are meant to calm you down. For example, there are brands such as “Marley’s Mellow Mood” and “Drank.” Whatever the advertisers ploy is, don’t give in. Go for a walk, listen to music, take a cold shower if you really feel like you need to wake up because the adverse health affects of energy drinks will ruin your Halloween night, not enhance it.

By Ediva Zanker

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