by Bryan Hubbard
Energy drinks - which can contain eight times more caffeine than a
standard cup of coffee - trigger a range of serious health problems,
...a new review (Health
Effects and Public Health Concerns of Energy Drink Consumption in
the United States - A Mini-Review) has found.
Any immediate benefits, such as greater alertness, are outweighed by
longer-term health problems - but it's something the energy drink
industry isn't telling the public, say researchers from the
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
The drinks generate around $10bn sales in the US alone every year,
partly because they are marketed as a healthy option to
improve energy levels, stamina, athletic performance and
But the drinks' high levels of caffeine and sugars can
cause a wide range of life-threatening health problems, such as,
The impact could be even
more severe in children and adolescents - who are often the focus of
the energy drink industry's marketing - although its extent isn't
known because it's never been assessed.
As a precautionary move, the sale of the drinks should be
restricted, and children and adolescents should be barred from
purchasing them, the researchers say...