Energy drinks are among the most popular beverages on the market today, despite being linked to serious health risks and numerous reports of injuries and even death. Here is what you need to know about how and when to consume energy drinks.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by energy drink side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
Update: Mother of Three Collapses After Energy Drink Habit Causes Heart Blockage
May 10, 2019 – A 33-year-old British mother collapsed after a 6-per-day energy drink addiction caused her to develop severe heart blockage, according to the Metro UK. Leading up to her collapse, Samantha Sharpe had been experiencing increasingly severe blackouts as her addiction to energy drinks grew out of control, culminating in an event doctors later determined was caused by second degree heart blockage.
What’s the Problem?
First, it’s important to understand the difference between energy drinks and sports drinks. Energy drinks contain varying amounts of caffeine, taurine, guarana, amino acids, vitamins and sugar that are designed to provide the user with a mental and physical “boost.” Sports drinks, on the other hand, contain carbohydrates in the form of sugars and glucose, as well as electrolytes to replace chemicals lost through sweat.
The main difference between the 2 is the caffeine and other often unregulated stimulants contained in energy drinks. Many of the beverages also claim to include amino acids and vitamins, which together with the carbohydrates, caffeine and stimulants are marketed as increasing performance, concentration and endurance.
The problem is that most energy drinks are loaded with sugar, and in some cases contain over 27 grams per serving. This means that drinking more than 1 energy drink at a time can cause weight gain, insulin resistance, and even increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Overconsumption of the beverages may also overstimulate the central nervous system (CNS) and cause restlessness, anxiety and irritability. Energy drinks typically contain up to 300 mg of caffeine, which can result in high blood pressure (hypertension) and increased heart rate (tachycardia).
These effects can hinder the regulation of body temperature, reduce plasma volume and upset the vascular system. Excessive consumption of energy drinks — as well as mixing them with alcohol — can lead to overdose and even death.
According to a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA), “the phenomenon of mixing energy drinks with alcohol, stimulants and other co-ingestants is clearly a serious concern,” and that “consumers are likely to be unaware of the variation in chemical composition and caffeine dosage in energy drinks, and with little or no warnings on products, the potential for overdose and poisoning remains ever-present.”
Furthermore, caffeine toxicity can mimic amphetamine poisoning and cause seizures, psychosis, cardiac arrhythmias and other serious side effects. Healthier ways of promoting natural energy include eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly.
South Carolina Parents Push for Energy Drink Ban After Son’s Death
May 1, 2019 – A bill that would ban the sale of energy drinks to minors in South Carolina passed a subcommittee of lawmakers on Friday, sponsored by a couple whose son allegedly died after drinking too much caffeine. Davis Cripe, the 16-year-old who died, allegedly drank a coffee, soda and energy drink in the hours leading to his death.
Do I Need an Energy Drink Lawyer?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in energy drink lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you had a heart attack, seizure, stroke or other serious side effects after consuming an energy drink, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.