If you drink a lot of energy drinks, you might need to learn the following negative effects of drinking them often. Most people know that energy drinks such as Monster and Red Bull are not good for you, but just how bad are they?
Energy drinks provide a temporary boost of energy from sugars and plenty of caffeine, but what we may not realize is that the short-term benefits do not outweigh the long-term health risks. Some of the health risks mentioned by research conducted by Frontiers include risk-seeking behavior, high blood pressure, obesity, kidney damage, anxiety, stress, fatigue, dental damage and stomach aches. Most people know that energy drinks are terrible for the body, but some people continue to drink them. Cydney Knapp, a sophomore biology major, that actively consumes energy drinks says she continues to drink energy drinks because “regular caffeine like coffee does nothing for me now.”
People who regularly drink energy drinks most likely have caffeine addictions and they continue to consume energy drinks even with the knowledge of the risks because they are used to drinking them, or they are so reliant on caffeine that they cannot stop very easily as stated on teens.drugabuse.gov. Energy drinks typically contain 100 mg of caffeine, which is eight times the amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee, according to Frontiers.
Energy drinks are mostly consumed by people within the ages of 18 and 34, and one-third of teens between the ages of 12-17 consume energy drinks regularly as well, according to nccih.nih.gov.
Samantha Lake, a sophomore sports management major who consumes energy drinks often stated, “Oh yeah, energy drinks are terrible for you, but I still continue to drink them for the energy boost.” While there are many articles and warning labels stating that energy drinks can be harmful in the long run, people continue to ignore the risks. Please consider the risks and keep energy drink consumption to a minimum.