by Bryan Hubbard
November 20, 2017

from WDDTY Website


Energy drinks - which can contain eight times more caffeine than a standard cup of coffee - trigger a range of serious health problems, from,

  • stress

  • raised blood pressure

  • obesity

  • kidney damage,

...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 concentration.

But the drinks' high levels of caffeine and sugars can cause a wide range of life-threatening health problems, such as,

  • hypertension

  • kidney damage

  • obesity

  • mental health problems such as stress and anxiety

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...