Many students, especially in highschool and college, are always in the need of an energy boost in order to focus and study properly. To achieve a high level of productivity, most of them turn to energy drinks. As defined, energy drinks are mainly beverages containing a high amount of sugar, caffeine, vitamins, taurine and even herbal supplements to bring out maximum performance upon consumption. These drinks are highly accessible in supermarkets, grocery and convenience stores and have become increasingly popular over the years. However, many are unaware of their adverse effects to the body
In a 2011 study done by Seifert, Schaechter, Hershorin and Lipshultz of the Department of Pediatrics from the University of Miami, they found that overconsumption or overdose of energy drinks can cause liver damage, kidney failure, respiratory disorders, agitation, seizures, psychotic conditions, habdomyolysis, tachycardia, cardiac dysrhythmias, hypertension, heart failure, and even death.
Since one of the main active ingredients of these energy drinks is the psychoactive drug, caffeine, low to moderate consumption among adults and adolescents (12.5-100mg/day) is much more preferred. The researchers found that energy drinks can also cause cardiovascular problems, early diabetes and increased caloric intake. As a result of this study, the researchers highly recommended that the energy drinks be regulated by the government since there has been no established safe level of energy drink consumption for adolescents and adults. There is no concluded specific safe levels of consumption of energy drinks for adolescents and adults yet and since there is a high risk of overdose for energy drinks, regular intake is no recommended. During certain occasions where it must be consumed, exceeding one can should be avoided. Further research must still be done on the other ingredients of energy drinks and therefore, anyone must drink them with caution.
While it is understandable that energy drinks may be needed to go through a hectic day or some late night grinding, students are still obligated to take care of their own bodies. Instead of heavily relying on energy drinks, developing good habits can be a start. Eat balanced meals, try to exercise, get adequate sleep and pace yourself through your studying and school projects and you won’t find yourself reaching out for a can. Good luck!
Seifert, Sara M. et al. “Health Effects of Energy Drinks on Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults.” Pediatrics 127.3 (2011): 511–528. PMC. Web. 2 Jan. 2018.