Published on April 7th, 2013 | by Nicole Corvin0
Why energy drinks should be considered stimulant drugs
In recent years the Energy Drink market has risen to overshadow even those of Sports Drinks and Iced Tea. There were over 20.000 emergency room visits in 2011 alone which had to do with energy drinks consumption, double figures from 2007. 6 Billion Energy drinks were consumed in total nationwide in 2010, while 31% of consumers are teenagers.
We all know the “secret” behind the energy in Energy Drinks: Caffeine. Energy Drinks contain up to 207mg of caffeine per can, which is the equivalent of 6 cans of cola or four espresso shots. This is more than double the amount a teenager should consume in a day. Sadly people, and especially the youth, combine Energy Drinks with alcohol and other substances, which can worsen the already dire side-effects of the drinks and are proven to cause more sexual assaults, being in a car with a drunken driver and Alcohol caused car accidents.
If those crimes were not enough, drinking Energy Drinks by themselves have enough side effects of their own. Heart palpitations, elevated blood pressure, dehydration and even heart attacks are few of the problems the consuming of Energy Drinks will cause.
Most cans won’t show their content of caffeine either, since they contain small amount of beneficial nutrients like taurine, which cause them to be labeled as supplements and not stimulants. As a nation we should wake up like our neighbors Canada and Mexico, who have voted for strict legislations on Energy Drinks. Energy Drinks should be considered liquid stimulants, not beverages, because that is what they truly are.