Energy Drink Use and Risk of Alcohol Abuse in Youth

Consuming energy drinks within the past 7 days significantly increased the risk of youth who have ever used alcohol to mix energy drinks and alcohol (27% vs. 7%). In the same national survey, youth 15 to 17 years old who had consumed energy drinks in the past 7 days were more than 2 times as likely…

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Keep Energy Drinks Away from Children

Data suggests more than half of calls to U.S. poison control centers are about unintentional energy drink exposure by children younger than six. Steven Lipshultz, a pediatrician from Wayne State University made a case at the American Heart Association meetings this month to place explicit risk warnings on the packaging of these drinks. Many children suffer seizures and heart problems,…

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Preserve Your Teeth: Avoid Energy and Sports Drinks

Researchers have found that energy drinks have four times the acidity of sports dirnks and in simulated lab tests erroded 2 times more enamel. Both drinks were found to have lower fluoride levels than the optimum recommended. These findings suggest that if these drinks are consumed daily as a water replacement by adolescents they may…

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Energy Drinks Can be Toxic to Children

Energy drinks contain pharmacologically active substances in addition to caffeine levels higher than soda drinks. Reports in various countries of the toxicity of these substances has raised serious concern over the safety of children and adolescents. In the USA, 46% of the 5448 caffeine overdoses last year occurred in children and adolescents under the age of 19.…

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Don’t Mix Alcohol and Energy Drinks

The common practice among youth and young adults of mixing energy drinks with alcoholic beverages increases the risk of binge drinking by 300 per cent. It also doubles the risk of being taken advantage of sexually, of taking sexual advantage of someone else, and doubles the likelihood of riding with a driver under the influence.PositiveTip:…

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Children and Teens Should Avoid Energy and Sports Drinks

"Sports and energy drinks are being marketed to children and adolescents for a wide variety of inappropriate uses," says the American Academy of Pediatrics. This new report states that caffeine-containing "energy" drinks should never be used by children and adolescents, and the carbohydrate-rich sports drinks should be restricted or avoided completely.PositiveTip: Plain water, not commercial…

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Fruit Juice with a Caffeine Pick-Me-Up

Minute Maid, a subsidiary of the Coco Cola Company, has announced it will be launching "Minute Maid Enhanced" juices next year in single serving sizes. Specifically, the Strawberry Kiwi Flavored Juice Drink will combine fruit juices with yerba mate, a plant native to South America that contains caffeine. This product will be promoted as a…

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