Cardiovascular Problems: Energy drinks quite simply are bad for the heart. Especially for individuals that have underlying heart conditions. Many people with current conditions have gone into cardiac arrest after just a couple energy drinks. These drinks cause the heart to pump more forcefully which can eventually become harmful. They can lead to heart palpitations. “A recent report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that emergency room visits involving energy drinks doubled from 2007 to 2011 from about 10,000 to over 20,000.” These hospital visits are the result from energy drink consumption and from energy drink consumption in addition to pharmaceuticals. The combination of energy drinks with alcohol and illicit drugs just increases the risk of cardiovascular problems.
Insomnia: Energy drinks certainly do the job of helping someone to stay awake, however when abused it can cause people to miss out on much needed rest. And we all know lack of sleep can cause impaired functioning. Ultimately having a negative effect for the individual.
Headaches and Migraines: For some people the consumption of too much caffeine can cause headaches or worse, migraines. The headaches occur from caffeine withdrawal.
Addiction: I speak from experience here. I am totally addicted to Red Bull and convinced myself to do research and write this article to help me understand the bad effects it is having on my body. (Even though I already had a general idea but was in denial-see we are all human) The addiction can lead to lack of functioning when the person is unable to have the drink. You essentially have withdrawal symptoms. And let’s face it, this addiction puts a hurt on the wallet too.
Jitters and Nervousness: Too much caffeine can cause a person to have the jitters. People become anxious and may even shake. This can interfere with simple everyday tasks we need to perform. And in turn cause emotional stress. A study found that just one 250 ML energy drink can increase jitters and nervousness in young men.
Vomiting: Oddly enough energy drinks can lead to vomiting in some individuals. This in turn leading to dehydration.
Allergic Reactions: There are many many ingredients in energy drinks. Because of this the likeliness of and allergic reaction increases. Anything from itching to airway constriction.
So based on the list I think it is safe to say STAY AWAY FROM ENERGY DRINKS. Or at least try to limit yourself to one a day and hopefully, eventually none. There are other reasons in addition to the ones I listed above. Type 2 Diabetes, Drug interaction and even risky behavior can be added to the list. So for all of you fellow addicts out there, let’s put less of a hurt on our bodies, minds and wallets and grab the water conveniently located next to these destructive drinks. Cheers!
Jill Smith BA, CFT 803-477-1371 cell 937-748-9905 office firstname.lastname@example.org