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Energy Drinks Linked to Over 18 Deaths

Steve Wagner

Energy drinks are beverages that typically contain stimulants such as caffeine, and other additives such as panax ginseng, taurine, and vitamin B. Some types even contain alcohol. The energy drink market in the U.S. took off in the late 1990’s with the introduction of Red Bull. This industry has seen tremendous growth, and since 2004 has grown by over 200%. In 2012 alone, sales of energy drinks crossed more than $10 billion.

Energy drinks are considered as dietary supplements and as such, are not regulated by the FDA. As a result the manufacturers are not required to specify the amounts of caffeine and other ingredients in their drinks They also do not carry adequate warnings about the risks associated with energy drinks. Many drinks contain as many as 240 milligrams per serving of caffeine, with some drinks having more than one serving. Health experts advise people to limit their caffeine intake to between 200 to 300 milligrams per day. Some energy drinks also contain more than recommended levels of vitamins. For example, 5-Hour Energy contains 8,333% the recommended daily allowance of vitamin B12 and 100% of the recommended daily allowance of folic acid. As a synthetic form of the natural “folate”, too much folic acid increases the risk of lung, colon, and prostate cancer.

The unfortunate fact is that around 50% of these energy drinks are consumed by children, teenagers and young adults, for whom these are particularly dangerous. More than 30% of 12- to 24-year-olds regularly consume energy drinks. Energy drinks cause caffeine jitters, increased heart rate and blood pressure, dehydration, insomnia, tremors, and heart palpitations. These side effects are amplified in children and pregnant women. The number of emergency room visits associated with consumption of energy drinks has more than doubled since 2007. Most of these ER visits were by 18 to 25-year-olds. The FDA has confirmed that Red Bull Energy Drinks have been associated with more than 20 adverse events. Other studies show that 5-Hour Energy has been associated with 13 deaths in the last 4 years, and Monster Energy Drinks have been associated with 6 deaths.

Despite all the concern about the many health hazards associated with energy drinks, they remain popular beverages. If you or one of your loved ones have been injured by consuming these dangerous products, contact one of our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers now for a free consultation and we will help you get the compensation that you are entitled to.

Energy drinks are beverages that typically contain stimulants such as caffeine, and other additives such as panax ginseng, taurine, and vitamin B. Some types even contain alcohol. The energy drink market in the U.S. took off in the late 1990’s with the introduction of Red Bull. This industry has seen tremendous growth, and since 2004 has grown by over 200%. In 2012 alone, sales of energy drinks crossed more than $10 billion.

Energy drinks are considered as dietary supplements and as such, are not regulated by the FDA. As a result the manufacturers are not required to specify the amounts of caffeine and other ingredients in their drinks They also do not carry adequate warnings about the risks associated with energy drinks. Many drinks contain as many as 240 milligrams per serving of caffeine, with some drinks having more than one serving. Health experts advise people to limit their caffeine intake to between 200 to 300 milligrams per day. Some energy drinks also contain more than recommended levels of vitamins. For example, 5-Hour Energy contains 8,333% the recommended daily allowance of vitamin B12 and 100% of the recommended daily allowance of folic acid. As a synthetic form of the natural “folate”, too much folic acid increases the risk of lung, colon, and prostate cancer.

The unfortunate fact is that around 50% of these energy drinks are consumed by children, teenagers and young adults, for whom these are particularly dangerous. More than 30% of 12- to 24-year-olds regularly consume energy drinks. Energy drinks cause caffeine jitters, increased heart rate and blood pressure, dehydration, insomnia, tremors, and heart palpitations. These side effects are amplified in children and pregnant women. The number of emergency room visits associated with consumption of energy drinks has more than doubled since 2007. Most of these ER visits were by 18 to 25-year-olds. The FDA has confirmed that Red Bull Energy Drinks have been associated with more than 20 adverse events. Other studies show that 5-Hour Energy has been associated with 13 deaths in the last 4 years, and Monster Energy Drinks have been associated with 6 deaths.

Despite all the concern about the many health hazards associated with energy drinks, they remain popular beverages. If you or one of your loved ones have been injured by consuming these dangerous products, contact one of our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers now for a free consultation and we will help you get the compensation that you are entitled to.

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