An energy drink is defined as : "a usually carbonated beverage that typically contains caffeine and other ingredients (as taurine and ginseng) intended to increase the drinker’s energy.”
Energy drinks include; red bull, monster, and similar drinks.
Many people drink energy drinks on a regular basis as they believe it can aid concentration and help with how they interact with others.
There are may potential health risks of the regular consumption, the main ones are listed below:
1. Cardiac arrest,
2. Headaches and migraines,
3. Increased anxiety,
5. Type 2 diabetes,
6. Medical drug interactions,
8. Risky behaviour,
9. Jitters and nervousness,
11. Allergic reactions,
12. High blood pressure,
13. Niacin Overdose,
14. Stress hormone release.
Energy drinks are generally not recommended for those under 16 owing to the high levels, of caffeine, sugar and other ingredients.
A survey of 2000 teenagers in the UK found that 1 in 20 skipped breakfast in favour of just an energy drink.
This is viewed by teachers as being a terrible idea one head teacher stating:
"When children arrive in schools having started the day eating or drinking totally inappropriate things like that, they are in no fit state to be in the classroom. They can be hyperactive, and it can have a very negative effect on their behaviour."
Potential health effects of energy drinks:
Energy drinks and teenagers: