Energy drink companies compete with each other by claiming that their products increase concentration, enhance performance, stimulate metabolism and what not? The fact is that these energy drinks are extremely harmful to health.
Energy drinks contain huge doses of caffeine and also other legal stimulants such as ephedrine, guarana, and ginseng. The excessive caffeine present in energy drinks directly makes the heart rate shoot up and thereby enhances hypertension, anxiety, headaches, and of course, interrupts with sleep patterns. The diuretic quality of caffeine present in the energy drinks makes one severely dehydrated.
Kids below eighteen, nursing moms and pregnant women, are not permitted to use energy drinks. People with a history of heart diseases also should keep away from them. Such warnings get labelled on the cans of certain energy drinks, while most cans do not carry such messages of caution.
Increased intake of energy drinks by children below eighteen leads to tooth decay, obesity and dehydration. We can easily imagine how negative the result will be, when the tender body is supplied with such caffienated drinks instead of calcium rich milk. It is sure to have an adverse impact on the strength of bones. The generation that grows up by consuming such energy boosting drinks are sure to be easy victims of osteoporosis. Brittle bones inside a heavy body are sure to land them in real trouble.
The dangerous consequence of energy drinks when they get mixed with alcohol is manifold. Energy drinks are stimulants and alcohols are depressants and thus never make a good combination. The stimulant effect will cover up the true range of your intoxication. Thus you will never realise how much alcohol you have taken in. Moreover, both alcohol and energy drinks are dehydrating agents and will thus prevent metabolism from taking place. The result is increased toxic accumulation and heavy hangover on the following day. So just bother to know what you are drinking. It is high time teenagers realise that the claims of “improved performance and concentration” can be highly misleading.