Young people and the dangers of energy drinks

Anyone who visits a supermarket during a nearby school break often encounters queues of young people at the checkout. Most of them have an energy drink in their hand. You can suspect that they secretly buy such a can without the parents being aware of it. After all, if the parents agreed with the purchase, they would have received the drink from home. But drinking a lot of energy drinks entails dangers for young people.

Striking colors and trendy names

Energy drinks came onto the market about twenty years ago, often with striking colors and trendy names. They therefore cry out for the attention of young people who also use them as a mixed drink with alcohol. The effects of combining energy drinks with alcohol have never been properly studied.

Energy drinks are dangerous for risk groups

Many young people prefer to believe that the drinks are harmless or do not bother with them at all. Children often do not realize the possible effects of what they drink and what the maximum amount should be. But young people who are not completely healthy are especially at risk. These risk groups include young people with a heart defect, diabetes, mood swings or behavioral problems.

Addiction and overdose

A large number of young people have difficulty falling asleep or become hyperactive after drinking energy drinks. Because the advertising suggests that you can continue for longer, young people even collapse after many drinks and an energetic period. Some children have a certain addiction, resulting in an overdose and the risk of unpleasant consequences. Some children already drink an energy drink with breakfast.

Effects of energy drinks for young people

In studies, young people indicate the effects of energy drinks:

  • About a quarter of young people get over their fatigue through energy drinks.
  • Drinking makes fifteen percent feel more alert.
  • Being able to continue an activity for longer is indicated by fourteen percent.
  • Just under half say they don’t notice energy drinks at all.

Caffeine ingested quickly is the culprit

The culprit in energy drinks is mainly caffeine, which is bad for children and young people. In addition, caffeine in coffee is consumed much more slowly than in energy drinks. After all, a few hot cups of coffee are not as easily consumed in short succession as the same amount of caffeine in chilled energy drinks.

Advice Nutrition Center

Due to the possible adverse consequences, the Nutrition Center advises that young people up to the age of thirteen should not consume energy drinks at all and above that age a maximum of one drink per day. Some schools adopt the advice to avoid drinking and even ban energy drinks completely.

Dangers according to Steven Lipshultz

It is mainly foreign studies that provide an idea of the risks of energy drinks. Leading in this regard are the reports of Steven Lipshultz, professor of pediatrics at the University of Miami. Together with several American doctors, he lists dangers such as shortness of breath, stroke, diarrhea, heart attack, palpitations, nausea and even acute death could be the result. They are in favor of binding energy drinks, as well as the use of tobacco and alcohol, to strict rules and determining the maximum amount that can still be called safe.

Read data on can

In addition to all the negative publications and results from American studies in particular, manufacturers of soft drinks maintain their opinion that the drinks are harmless, but that the user must carefully read the information on the cans to determine whether someone is less tolerant to certain substances. Soft drink industry representatives also believe the drinks are no more dangerous than coffee.

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