Energy Drinks - Linked to 7 Deaths

Energy Drink Skyrocketing Sales

There are many new types of drinks on the market. Energy drinks have been around the longest and are very popular, yet absolutely not good for teens or children. They may not be healthy for adults either, depending on the amount of their consumption. These drinks have now been linked to seven deaths. There has been warnings on the labels for many of these drinks, but now Monster drink for one is being allowed to remove the warnings. Additionally, the law did state that any ill affects must be reported, but as of yesterday that law was been abolished. So, even after overwhelming evidence of the ill effect, apparently the manufacturers have won over the FDA to continue to see these dangerous drinks without warning labels.

One of the problems is teens use these drinks to perform better at sports or to stay up and cram for a final test. Teenagers often think they are invincible and just are not mature enough to make wise decisions. One death was a 14 year old girl who may have already had a heart problem, but she drank two Monster drinks within 24 hours of her death. The caffeine toxicity is thought to have caused a cardiac arrhythmia. In 2009, 13,000 emergency room visits were attributed to drinking these caffeinated drinks.There have been 2000 ER visits due to these drinks.

Some of the better known drinks energy drinks are, Red Bull, Spike, Shooter, Monster, and Redline, to name just a few. Monster holds a 35% corner of the caffeinated drink market. The US sale of these drinks this year is expected to reach $9 billion.

Energy Drinks


Monster Energy and Possible Effects

There are studies which have shown an improvement in cognitive and mental performance after consumption of an energy drink. However, excessive consumption can induce a mild to moderate euphoria. In addition, they can cause anxiety, agitation, irritability and insomnia. They have a combination of caffeine (an 8 oz. can has the amount of caffeine found in an 8 oz. cup of coffee) and there is sugar glucose in any energy drink.

Consumption of one energy drink a day is not typically a problem, but consumption of two or more drinks may lead to excessive caffeine intake. Caffeine is a diuretic and these drinks have no nutrients, which mean it is more likely you can have a “crash and burn” reaction when the caffeine leave your system. Some energy drinks have ginseng or guarana to enhance the caffeine effect.

Dr Whiting on the Dangers of Energy Drinks

Five Hour Energy Sounds Good, But?

Overall the diuretic component of too much caffeine causes many physical problems, particularly dehydration. Caffeine can also cause heart rhythm problems, seizures and ER visits. One of the more popular energy drinks,Red Bull, was banned in France after an 18-year-old athlete died within hours of playing basketball and consuming 4 cans of Red Bull. Five hour energy from a beverage sounds good, but be aware of the possible long term consequences.

Dr. Holly Benjamin of the American Academy of Pediatrics states children should never be given these drinks due to the caffeine and other stimulants that are not nutritional.

Some Relaxation Drinks

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The New Relaxation Drinks

Relaxation drinks are also finding popularity, especially among young people.

There are several available, including; Drank,Mary Jane’s Relaxing Soda, Vacation in a Bottle, and Dream Water, which are advertised as relaxing and able to reduce stress. There is no law that stops teens from buying this drink. The companies suggest not drinking more than two 12-ounce bottles daily. These drinks are being endorsed by celebrities. The ingredients in these drinks tend to include:

  • Many drinks contain herbal, plant or hormonal substances, which may have side effects.
  • Melatonin, which is a naturally occurring substance in your body to induce sleep but it is not FDA approved as a food additive.
  • Kava root should be used cautiously, particularly in people with liver problems, as the FDA has linked ingestion of this substance to severe liver injuries.
  • Vacation in a Bottle does not contain Melatonin but L-Theanine, which is found in green tea and will relax you without putting you to sleep.
  • These drinks also sometimes contain Valerian root and rose hips.

These drinks can cause drowsiness and sedation. There is a big concern that there will be a trend with teenagers using these drinks to make a homemade concoction known as Purple Drink. Purple drink is a combination of relaxation drinks, cough syrup with codeine, promethazine and candy to get high.

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Four Lokos

The third new drink that has educators more concerned is Four Logo, which is a new energy drink fusion that contains 11% or 12% alcohol by volume per can. Interestingly enough, the formulations were developed by three alumni of The Ohio State University; Chris Hunter, Jeff Wright, and Jaisen Freeman. In this drink you have the combined effects of caffeine and the equivalent of three beers, plus other amped-up ingredients, which is said to be incredibly intoxicating. It has even been referred to as "legalized cocaine in a can". Or “Blackout in a Can”. In this drink you have two diuretics, alcohol and caffeine, which can easily cause dehydration. You must be 21 to purchase this drink, for about $3.00 a can.

Four Loki has been banned in some states.

"Blackout in a Can"

Four Lokos

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Four Lokos Flavors

There are seven flavors to experiment with the supposed liquid YaYo. This malted energy drinkalso contains Taurine, Guarana and other possibly energy-boosting compounds, in addition to the alcohol and comes in the following flavors:

  • Four Loko Blue Raspberry
  • Four Loko Cranberry Lemonade
  • Four Loko Lemonade
  • Four Loko Orange Blend
  • Four Loko Fruit Punch
  • Four Loko Uva (Brazilian Berry)
  • Four Loko Watermelon

This drink is being seen more on college campuses and of course, there is concern that by officials that this drink can lead to an increase in teenage drinking and drunk-driving incidents.

In Summary

There is also concern that people will drink several energy drinks to get through the day, then have to drink several relaxation drinks to be able to sleep at night, so your metabolism is being controlled by drugs around the clock, which certainly isn’t healthy. There are professionals that think the relaxation drink can be beneficial. Acupuncture expert, Tom Ingegno, states it is helpful to have a drink that you can enjoy to relax or one to drink before you go to bed. However, he says if you have any concerns see your doctor before drinking them. Certainly one energy drink is not going to be a problem for most people, but if you are on blood pressure and heart medications, they are probably hot a good idea.

The two greatest concerns are the relaxation drinks being abused by using a drug recipe to make the purple drink which is popular with some teens and Four Loko. There are rappers that sing about this drink also, which encourages youth in the wrong direction.

The greatest concern is Four Loko due to it's caffeine and alcohol combination. Several states are trying to outlaw this drink as many students have ended up in the ER very drunk and in bad shape.

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Hope that many many people see your hub. My boys and their friends are always drinking these energy drinks and I think they should take all of them off the market. I have heard a few stories about energy drinks and people ending up in the hospital because of them. Drink coffee if you need a boost. Just my opinion though. Excellent hub.

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SubRon7 5 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Great hub, Pamela99. I'm aware of these drinks but haven't tried any. In my 30s I tried maryjana(?) twice, but knowing how I "had been" with both alcohol and tobacco, I knew any kind of drug "for me" would just induce me to try them all, so I knew it would be best to stop cold. Now, as an adult, I don't think I need any new thrills from a can, but I know a lot of kids "are" how I "was". Thanks for the info.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Susan, I think young people are drinking too many of these drinks and it is so easy to get dehydrated in hot weather. Thanks for your comments.

SunRon, Thanks so much for sharing your comments. I think many adults feel like you do.

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anglnwu 5 years ago

Thanks for the very informative hub. Now, I feel a lot more about energy drinks in general and how they affects the body. I don't drink energy drink--coffee is my pick-me-up, but this hub has definitely given me great insights.Rated up.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Anginwu, I didn't know much about these drinks either but kept hearing about them so I did a little research. Thanks for your comment.

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Bethany Culpepper 5 years ago

Yikes! I had no idea what these drinks really were. I try to keep my family drinking just water. It's hard when everyone else seems to be drinking something more exciting.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Bethany, We mostly stick with water also, but my boys are grown so I don't have that worry anymore. Thanks for your comment.

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justinbryan 5 years ago from India

hey pamela,

Nice suggestion and thought, I like Energy Drink when i find very tired or feel lazy.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

justinbryan, Thanks for your comments.

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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

Wow, I didn't know there's a drink called "Mary Jane’s Relaxing Soda." The name kind of made me giggle. Thanks for sharing this interesting info. I might give some of these drinks a try.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Om Paramapoonya, Thanks for your comments.

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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

So glad you posted this info for people to learn from. There have been so many young people whose health has been compromised from these drinks-- it's hard to believe that its legal to produce them.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

R Talloni, When I read about the Four Loko incident at a college in Washington I thought it was a good idea to write this hub including all 3 types of drinks. Thanks so much for your comments.

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CMCastro 5 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

Thanks Pamela for this informative hub. You published it before I did. My hubby and I know all about these drinks that are more dangerous than the media states. I know that when I drink a "Monster" I feel "elevated" and act silly even, but then the next day, I can't stop visiting the toilet (diarrhea). I know that those drinks can cause palpitations in the heart and migraines even in the teenager. I wish they would ban these drinks all together.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

CNCastro, I agree and I am particularly concerned with the Four Loko that has become so popular on college campuses. Thank you so much for your comments.

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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

If I need coffee I drink coffee. If I need energy I eat right. If I can't sleep I exercise. or have sex..okay, so I'm naughty.

I know a few people who like redbull and some other kinds of energy drinks. I'll have to inform them of their ill-effects.

Great info Pamela99, thanks!

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Steph Harris 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

Brilliant Hub Pamela, my son drinks energy drinks, I will be getting him to read this hub, thank you for doing the research and writing this hub. I am very grateful.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Cardisa, No, I don't think you are naughty but I do think you are practical. I appreciate your comments.

Steph, I'm glad the hub was useful for your and I appreciate your comments.

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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Pam, I don't drink any of these energy drinks, give me a cup of coffee and i'm a happy camper.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, these drinks are certainly dangerous, I have a friend who drinks red bull and I am always nagging him to stop taking it, I will have to show him this hub, thanks for the great info, rated up! cheers nell

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

always exploring, That sounds like me. Thanks for the comment.

Nell, I hope your friend slow down on the Red Bull. Thanks so much for your comments.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Thanks for your avid research, Pamela. These energy and so-called 'relaxing' drinks do not appear to be healthy substitutes for pure water. This hub should provide a wake-up call to parents to monitor their teenagers' behavior. Voted up.

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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Good for you, Pamela. The "drinks" which abound, from long-term sodas to the rash of energy drinks are so dangerous and account for much obesity and many other less obvious bad results. I also hope more folks awaken to this unhealthy thing being foisted on the public for profit. Water is always the best beverage, in fact.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

drbj, I agree that nothing is as healthy as water. I appreciate your comments.

Nellieanna, Well stated Thank you for your comments.

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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

I agree with the other comments. I have never tried any of the drinks, so I guess I better not plan to now. Thanks for the info.

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I'm suspicious of such concotions. They sound dangerous and such things are always abused by kids.

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katrinasui 5 years ago

Excellent Hub! I have never tried any of the drinks. Keep up the good work. Pamela you are doing great job here.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Sally, I appreciate your comments.

WillStarr, I agree. I appreciate your comments.

katrinasui, Thank you for the very sweet comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

I have so much natural energy if I drink these things, I go into shaking fits....kinda sorta like when they gave me inhalers and told me they would make my bronchitis better! Just too much of a 'jolt' for my system. I can get by with some diluted coffee just fine for my 'energy drink' but I know a lot of folks swear by these! I'm still not sure they are so good for us!

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Audry, I always knew you were a high energy girl and with such a great sense of humor. I appreciate your comments.

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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Such an informative hub Pamela. The whole situation is completely scary and the market always target impressionable teenagers. More should be done to prevent these drinks being marketed as unassumingly normal everyday drinks. Great YouTube too. Voting up,useful and awesome!

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

acaetnna, I think the teen are the scary part also. Thanks so much for your comments.

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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Well explained and clearly written. I don't believe in any of these energy drinks. There bound to be a fiddle init which makes good soon after yoju drank it.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Hello, Thank you so much for your comments.

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HealthyHanna 5 years ago from Utah

I was glad to read this article. I didn't know about Purple Drinks or Four Lokos. Why oh why do our youth think they need something to get 'high'??

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Hanna, I guess if you knew the answer to that question you'd be a millionaire. It is sad that the young people think they're so invincible and that they can get away with drinking things that are unhealthy without consequences. Thank you so much for your comments.

jasper420 5 years ago

very good info very usefull thanks

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

jasperm Thank you for the comment.

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

What a good and informative hub this is on energy drinks.

Pamela, I am forwarding this on to several people I know, who drink these totally non-nutritious thirst quenchers. Also, I will put it on facebook where hopefully plenty of young people read it. Thanks for all your hard work - a great service to all!

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

vocalcoach, Thanks for passing the article along and I hope it helps someone to understand that these drinks are healthy. I appreciate you putting the article on Facebook and also for your comments.

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Springboard 5 years ago from Wisconsin

The course of society today with the advent of these drinks starts to look a little bit like the life of Elvis Presley. In his world he took pills to stay awake, and he took pills to go to sleep. I think the energy drink craze, and this seeming unending need for "energy" by the younger generation seems a bit off. It's mind over matter, as they say, and if one is feeling tired it's probably not caused by fatigue, but by being disengaged. If one is actively doing something one enjoys, or even something they don't necessarily enjoy, it can be energizing. I think of when I get home from work. Often times I'm pooped, but I hop in the shower and suddenly I'm feeling refreshed and energized.

Every now and then I may have a can of, say, a Starbucks Mocha energy drink. But that's just because I like the way it tastes. The other energy drinks, frankly, are some of the worst tasting things I've ever had.

In any event, very interesting article.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Springboard, I think you may have pegged the reason for this energy drink craze. I've never tried one although I sure so run out of energy now and then. I do drink coffee in the AM. Thanks so much for your comments.

saif 5 years ago

Very very nice hub. thanks

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

saif, I appreciate your comments.

Balal 5 years ago

Thank you for your well written article. I do have a couple of points to raise though.

Is there any evidence that the consumption of coffee is healthier than the ingestion of an energy drink? I've always considered coffee to be in the same vein as Red Bull.

Secondly the use of 'tonics' for an energy boost is certainly not peculiar to our generation. Be it chewing on Coke leaves or drinking coca cola. Ingesting gin seng or even the world's most common drug, caffeine. These are nothing new, they are just more regulated now and make a lot of money.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

As I wrote in my article most of the drinks have the same caffeine as 1 8 oz cup of coffee, which has now been proven to have some good health benefits. The problem is excessive consumption of these drinks, of coffee too for that matter. Several a day aren't healthy, one is no big deal. You're right about the regulation and more money. Thanks for your comments.

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xsenergydrink 5 years ago

Yes, 9 billion in sales may even be a low estimate with the way popularity of energy drinks have been growing.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

xsenergydrink, Thank you for your comment.

justin 5 years ago

Ok people stop freaking out about these things. I'm 20 years old and I drink lokos and monster and redbull and there is nothing wrong with any of them. Yous all say give me coffee and I'm good but you all grew up in a completely different time where yous had nothing like this. Just drop it and forget about it because the world changed and there's nothing you can do about it. The media is always blowing everything out of proportion and trying to get anything new banned. Just grow up already. Oh yea and just legalize bud already. When it was first started in the media there was crazy claims that it made people go crazy and kill or harm other people. Haha and we all know it does nothing like that. And don't say youv never smoked it cuz youl be lieing. Its exactly what their trying to do with these drinks is scare everyone and trying to turn everyone on them. Just grow up and stop listening and believing everything you hear.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

justin, While you are growing up you might read the article more carefully. Some of the drinks are beneficial or at least not harmful if you drink one a day. The problems seem to occur when you drink several "upper type drinks" to get through the day and "downer drinks" to get through the night as that is dependency. It is always good to know what is contained in any food or beverage you consume.

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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Now some recent deaths too! I warned my son who is really into caffeine energy drinks. A young girl had two drinks and died! Now they are putting this stuff in cracker jacks! All a child needs! Surely they don't think they need energy?! Not everyone will drop dead but how about the ones who do? They are owed at least a warning they might die. I cannot handle much caffeine but at least I know it.

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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Jackie, So many children are hyper when they have too much sugar, and now add the caffeine drinks! There is really a risk for some of these young people that have some heart rhythm irregularities but don't know it. I agree a warning is warranted. Thanks so much for your comments.

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Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Pam... thanks for writing this and all the research that you have done. I have only had one experience with an energy drink and it left me awake for two days. I avoid them now... lol... pass the water is all I can say.

Hugs from Canada

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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Rolly, I am a water drinker too. Thanks so much for your comments.

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jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Great info! I never touch the stuff and stick mainly to water.

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teaches12345 4 years ago

Thanks for the warnings, Pamela. I have concerns over these drinks as they do have some questionable content. Not a recommendation for anyone on my part. Have you seen the commercial for breast cancer for the pink 5 alive can? I am surprised this was accepted! Great post and voted up.

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chef-de-jour 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

Thank you for this informative hub. It's so easy to buy these potentially harmful drinks - perhaps there should be health warnings to go with them. Young people are so readily influenced by their peers. One prominent member of a gang buys a drink and the rest follow, under pressure to adhere to the norms of the gang.

Commercial companies know what a lucrative market this is - I'm not sure they care too much about the effects and consequences of overconsumption of their products.

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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

jenbeach, That's what I do also. Thanks for your comments.

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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Diane, I haven't seen that one but I am surprised also. There is no way these drinks are healthy. Thanks for your comments.

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cgef-de-jour, I think a health warning would be wise. I believe students think that can study better when they are hyped up on these drinks also. I agree about the commercial companies. I appreciate your comments.

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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

I'm so glad you wrote about this subject, Pamela. It is of great concern and such a health risk, especially for teens. The Purple Drink is unknown to me, so I appreciate your research on the subject, as well as the inclusion of the ingredients. People have little respect for what they put into their bodies and what damage it can do. Thanks for a great hub-will share.

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Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Great article Pam and one that needed to be addressed big time. It scares me to see so many drinking these types of drinks. I have always thought they could be a danger to some. Thank you so much for giving us some valuable information to pass on..I shared too.


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NCBIer 4 years ago

A dangerous, potentially addictive, combination for certain. Thank you for writing this. Useful and rated up!

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thewritingowl 4 years ago from Ireland

Very interesting. My husband used to be a fan of Vodka and Red Bull when he went out. I always thought it tasted dire and thought combining it with Vodka was a recipe for disaster. Thankfully he has now given it up and having read your article I am even more delighted now that he has. He has had sleeping problems, among other issues. He also went through withdrawal when he gave it up. He says now that if he has a few glasses of wine he gets drowsy (which i do too) but after the Red Bull he used to be hyper, not good at 12 or 1 in the morning when you are trying to sleep.

Then as you say the next day he would be exhausted. I think they should be drank with caution because they are just not good and the last thing kids need especially those who might already have Attention deficit or hyperactivity issues is another stimulant.

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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Thanks for this informative Hub. My son drinks too many Red Bulls. Gotta talk to that boy. I have heard of the four Loko. I think it should be banned everywhere for anyone. Period. I will share this on FB for family and friends.

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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Denise, I thought it was really important for patents to know the dangers as teens tend to follow each other. I appreciate your comments.

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Sunnie, I really hope the word spreads and that the manufacturers will be forced to put a danger label on these drinks. I appreciate your comments and the share.

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NVBler, Thank you so much for your comments.

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thewritingowl, I think caution it advisable also. All that caffeine is going to make you hyper to a degree, just like drinking multiple cups of coffee. I am glad your husband decided to give it up. I appreciate your comments.

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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

rebecca, I think you are right. I know young people like these drinks but I worry about the long term effects also as they are unknown at this point. Thank you for the comments and the share.

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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Wow! These drinks can be really dangerous in such an insidious way. So good that you shared this information. They definitely should be labeled although we know that those who decide to consume these products will probably ignore the labels.

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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Cyndi, I suppose you are right about ignoring the labels, but at least parents would be aware and hopefully have some control over the children. Thanks so much for your comments.

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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I've always thought these drinks were bad for kids. Adults that's up to them but even so they are still not good. Poor little girl Honey Boo Boo drinking Go Go Juice.

Voted up on your hub.

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aykianink 4 years ago

(Was debating writing a hub about this.)

This hub reminds me of the first time I heard of the term a 'shot' of espresso. When a normal cup of coffee isn't enough, why not inject it into your veins? Yeesh. Good hub.

Not too familiar with relaxation drinks. Good info on that stuff.

By the way, Denise hit the 'share' button and I found myself here. Thumbs up, Pam. Thumbs up, Denise:-)

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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

moonlake, I am more concerned about the children also. Adults will hopefully make the right decision. Thanks for your comments.

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aykianink, I must thank Denise... I do appreciate your comments.

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Sharkye11 4 years ago from Oklahoma

Very interesting! I can't believe how much information you packed on here. I've never tried energy drinks. I guess they will eventually take them off the market or limit their sales like alcohol. Its a shame that a few people abusing them will eventually lead to everyone else not having access. Pretty soon we won't have any products left to buy!

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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Sharkye, It is a shame that people do abuse them because that is when they have the physical problems or even death. Thank you so much for your comments.

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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Pamela,

I have never tried any of these drinks but like you, have some coffee in the mornings or an occasional espresso after a dinner. The dangers lurking in all of these drinks is just not worth it...and added to the expense...a bit crazy. The more that information like this can be publicized, the better. Sad to know that there are deaths coming from the misuse of them. Up votes and will share.

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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Peggy, I really was surprised when I started doing the research for this article. It is unfortunate that often it is teens that abuse these drinks. Thanks so much for your comments.

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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida

This is so important to be known by the public. I had no idea. I do not purchase these beverages but have heard of them. It is sad that they are so accessible to kids who do not realize how dangerous they can be. Kids sometimes have the idea 'that can't happen to me.' Hopefully parents will read this and discuss it with their children.

Voted up++++

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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Patricia, I hope you are right. Most teens seem to think they are nothing bad will happen to them do matter what. Parents really need to monitor this problem for sure. I appreciate your comments. God Bless.

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Tom Schumacher 3 years ago from Huntington Beach, CA

Great hub! I have to admit I enjoy consuming an energy drink every now and again, but only when faced with a critical deadline and I'm extremely tired and rest/sleep is not an option. I found the combo of sugar/caffeine helps, but afterwards the recovery period is quite noticeable. Like they say, "everything in moderation." Voted up for useful and informative.

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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Tom, I don't think it hurts to drink one of these drinks on some rare occasions. The major concern if for the teens and those that drink energy drinks to stay away so they can consume more alcohol. Thanks so much for your comments.

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heathersgreatcat 2 years ago from Charlotte, NC

Great article!!! I've been a big fan of Monster and have recently been struggling with my battle to quit these energy drinks. Definitely the part about the crash and burn effect is true.

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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States Author

heathersgreatcat, Good luck with getting off of these drinks. I have had people tell me they really struggled with that also as it is so easy to depend on them for extra energy. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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