Ever need a caffeine rush by having an energy drink from a sleepless or restless night or maybe even something to wake you up in the morning on your travels to work or school? The number of individuals that consume energy drink for these activities don’t realise the implications and consequences it may cause to their health.
Energy drinks are used as performance enhancers affecting an individual mentally, emotionally and physically. This alone should be worrying.
The NHS study into the warnings issued over energy drinks saw that energy drinks such as Red Bull contain high levels of caffeine. The continuing consumption of the high caffeine content drinks could lead to problems such as heart disease, palpitations, high blood pressure, nausea, type 2 diabetes, obesity and problems in pregnancy.
These are examples of things that are forgotten about when drinking energy drinks. The affects go unnoticed but emphasis needs to be placed on the risks, especially as Fox News reported that in 2007, 46 per cent of energy drinkers were people under the age of 19. This number has now risen in recent years as a report from The World Health Organisation (WHO) found that 68% of adolescents now consume them. These rising numbers emphasises the expanding dangers and risk energy drinks are bringing to the health landscape across the world. It is also important to highlight that adolescents are now experimenting with energy drinks, mixing them with alcoholic beverages which doubles the risk. Market research firm Euromonitor calculated that the global energy drink market was worth US$3.8 billion in 1999 and this value grew to US$27.5 billion in 2013.
So how can we stop the overconsumption of these lethal drinks? Is it necessary to rely on artificial energy?
According to the Caffeine Informer – “Moderation is Key”. As simple as it sounds everyone should realise the impacts of drinking too much energy drinks, especially as the ingredients in the drinks are recognised as drugs. Individuals need to be aware of the implications, hence this article! A majority of us are dependent on the artificial energy that these drinks supply, however not everyone sees the dangers it brings. So why not substitute your energy drink for something practical and beneficial to your health.
Strangely research found that the majority of energy drinkers disliked the taste of drinks such as Red Bull and Monster, and became commissioned to like the taste as a means to ‘wake’ an individual up. Would you agree? Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us @urbanechonews.