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Future Health

The Dangers of Energy Drinks

March 27, 2023 

An energy drink, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, is “a beverage that typically contains large amounts of caffeine, added sugars, other additives, and legal stimulants such as guarana, taurine, and L-carnitine. These legal stimulants can increase alertness, attention, energy, as well as increase blood pressure, heart rate and breathing.”

Energy drinks are often used by people to get that extra energy boost. These drinks can be harmful to your nervous system. With that in mind, here are some dangers of energy drinks:

  • Dehydration

  • Heart complications (irregular heartbeat and heart failure)

  • Anxiety

  • Insomnia

Even though it is highly recommended that adolescents do not consume energy drinks, it is reported that about between 30-50% already consume energy drinks, especially young athletes. Make sure to educate yourself, as well as others about the dangers of energy drinks. Model good behavior by not having energy drinks in front of kids!