Oct 14, 2008

Energy drinks may not be conducive to good health

by Tina Clark

Studies show that energy drinks can be more harmful than helpful. Many college students turn to energy drinks for an extra boost of energy, ignoring the possibly detrimental impact those drinks could have on their health.

Energy drinks can cause an increase in heart rate and blood pressure while also negatively interacting with medications.
“I would not recommend anyone on blood pressure medication to drink energy drinks,” Dr. Richard Lane of Light Medical said.
National Institutes of Health say that some other risks associated with energy drinks include nausea, vomiting, depression and sleep deprivation.

Researchers at John Hopkins University have discovered that some drinks contain up to 14 times the amount of caffeine found in soda. The amount also equals consuming seven extra cups of strong coffee. The caffeine in an energy drink is reported to make the body feel focused.

Laneexplained that around this time of year students start to come into Light Medical predicting they may have mono because they have been extremely tired. Students go home for break and assume they will feel better because they will have time to catch up on their sleep.

“It’s just not in our nature to do that, American life is way too fast-paced,” Lane said.

He tells students fatigue is usually from lack of sleep. Mid-semester is generally the time when the workload of a college student begins to pile up and without proper time management, students begin to burn themselves out. The burden of assignments and poor time-management skills often result in the use of energy drinks to help with late night study sessions.

“I only do it when I have a project due the next day,” freshman Tim Mannale said.

After sleep deprivation begins to catch up with students and they turn to energy drinks for a temporary energy boost, Lane explains what students are doing is compounding everything they are feeling. Energy drinks contain stimulants, which bring you up and drop you back down, leaving you feeling more drained than before you drank it.

For more information on the hazards of energy drinks, visit screamingenergy.com.


-51 percent of college students consume at least one energy drink per month.

-Of the 51 percent, 29 percent consume energy drinks weekly.

-19 percent reported heart palpitations


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