In January of this year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released an updated report on energy drinks based on Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) data. According to the report, energy drink related visits to the ER has increased dramatically as the sales of the products increased. Energy drinks are flavored, sweet drinks that contain added amounts of caffeine and other additives such as guarana (a source of additional caffeine), taurine and ginseng. They are marketed as providing benefits such as increased stamina, and enhanced physical and mental alertness and performance.
Are you counting on a bolt of lightning in a can or another popular, highly advertised energy booster to get to get you through your Black Friday shopping frenzy this year? Be careful or the old adage “shop until you drop” may prove fateful. There seems to be no limit to the number of warnings about the dangers of energy drinks from the US Food and Drug Administration and other agencies interested in public safety.