Energy drinks dangerous says report

November 1, 2006 in Nutrition for Children and Teenagers, Nutrition Topics in the News

Energy drinks dangerous says report

A recent study from Northwestern University has found a surprising number of caffeine overdoses related to caffeine pills and drinks based on reports to a Chicago based poison control centre.

Researchers found that during the three year study period, over 250 cases of caffeine abuse were reported; twelve percent of these required a trip to the emergency room.

Researchers warn that caffeine is a drug, and should be treated like one. Concern also arises when caffeine drinks are combined with alcohol, because people often don't feel as drunk when the two are combined - putting drinkers at greater risk for alcohol poisoning.

Energy drinks taken in large doses can cause rapid heartbeat, as well as numbness and tingling in the hands and feet.

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