Energy Drink Related Emergency Room Visits Double
It’s long been known that so-called “energy drinks” can have an adverse effect on certain individuals. Now a new study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows that energy related emergency room visits doubled from the year 2007 to 2011. What were the adverse effects?
The New York Times recently reported findings from the study.
In 2011, there were 20,783 reported emergency room visits in which an energy drink was cited as the primary cause of or a contributing factor to a health problem, compared with 10,068 in 2007. Such problems, which are typically linked to excessive caffeine consumption, can include anxiety, headaches, irregular heartbeats and heart attacks.
Some of the most popular energy drinks include Red Bull, Monster Energy and 5-Hour Energy with teenagers and young adults the most frequent consumers.