5 hour energy drinks only have about 80mgs of Caffeine, the same as a cup of
coffee I have gotten heart palpitations and pain in the
heart area from monsters and rockstar's so i gave them up 6 years ago but I
have never had pain or stress from 5 hour energy drinks.
Laura Bilington - Maple Valley, WAThe pharmacologic effects of
caffeine are a matter of scientific fact. Denying caffeine's effects is not
good public health.
This article implies that people who drink the same three drinks in two hours
are likely to die. But millions of people do this every day without any ill
effect. Precisely what caused this child's death is unknown--was it the
combination of these drinks? Or what? People do die with no obvious cause-- a
cardiac event was the precipitating cause, yes, but there's zero indication
of what caused the event. It's irresponsible to suggest that there was
something significant about his drink consumption that caused his death.
Check the labels of those "energy drinks" and you'll find that,
except for one or two in the market, most of the coffee drinks on the menu of
Starbucks contains 2 to 5 times the caffeine contained in "energy
drinks."It is terrible to lose a child particularly in a
seemingly innocuous activity, but depending on the size, the latte could have
caused the event all by itself. Most energy drinks contain about as much
caffeine one cup of coffee brewed at home.
Thank you for this! How sad and tragic it took a child losing his life for such
an important subject to be addressed. Our ability to perform & cope is
built via nutrition. Stimulants which force us beyond our natural ability should
always be avoided. I have long been very concerned over the high rate of use of
these drinks full of not only the stimulant, caffeine, but yet another very
strong stimulant drug so similar to cocaine - sugar.Not only is
there the serious physical health risk associated with these drinks, but also
the mental health risk. With the child suicide rate announced last week to be
doubled worldwide and as of last year tripled in Utah, we should be even more
concerned about any stimulant a child is consuming because we know that basic
science tells us what goes up comes down. Stimulants produce depression after
the initial high we mistakenly call an "energy boost". But depression is not the only mental concern produced by stimulants.
Psychiatrists have long warned that these so called "energy drinks" are
producing a toxic psychosis in children which does not subside until the child
stops drinking these stimulant drinks.
I pass by swig soda on my way to work every day and there is a line of 20 cars
every morning. Reminds me a lot of the Northwest where you see people lining up
for the early morning coffee. At least coffee has been proven to have some
nutritional benefit, not so much for artificially flavored sugar water. If you
can't start your day without 40oz of sugar water than I would dare claim
(I'm sure I'll get "roasted" for this) that you are no better
off physically or spiritually than those having their cup of coffee in the
morning.......... and no I don't drink either.
I am addicted to chocolate.. I hear that has caffeine too... Well, don't
judge me because I caffeine differently than you do.I really think
we just need to be wise as to what we consume.
I appreciate the DN running this article. I was not aware of the danger and
will gladly inform my children about it. Thanks, DN.
The FDA is a joke! Who knows what we are eating/drinking half of the time!
JSB,You are not required to report your caffeine consumption to your
Bishop. As long as you keep it to yourself, your risk is low. Oh,
you meant health risk?Still low...
I occasionally have a 5-hour ENERGY drink. Usually I take only a half a bottle
(about 1 ounce). It has other stuff in it that I don't know if it is good
or bad. What kind of a risk am I taking?