Energy Drinks: Risks and Dangers of Excessive Caffeine Consumption

Back in 2007, multi-award winning musician Robbie Williams was admitted to a rehabilitation center for treatment of caffeine addiction. Apparently, he was doing something like 36 double espressos and 20 Red Bull cans per day (Gordon, 2007).

Ever since Red Bull hit the market in 1997, the energy drink business has exploded into a multibillion-dollar industry. An aggressive marketing campaign has seen energy drinks become one of the most popular performance-boosting supplements in the market.

Despite their perceived benefits, energy drinks have been associated with a number of health issues. Energy drinks often contain high levels of caffeine, for instance, 80 mg in Monster energy drink. 500 mg of caffeine is considered an overdose, so, if you were to take about 6 cans of Monster, you would be putting your health at great risk. [Read more…]

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