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Energy Drink Hospital Visits Have Doubled Since 2007

Posted 1/16/2013 6:30 am by

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Energy drinks are very popular these days.  Between the little shots of Five Hour Energy to the distinctive cans of Monster and the energy-boozing of pre-ban Four Loko, everyone’s churning out an energy drink and everyone’s consuming them in increasing numbers.  However, there’s a dark side to all this energy, and it’s taking a toll on the health of people around the world.  According to the federal government, hospitalizations related to energy drinks have doubled since 2007.  That’s a whole lot of Red Bull!

The agency, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, says between 2007 and 2011 the number of hospital visits tied to energy drinks went from 10,000 to 20,000 per year, which is a whole lot of people chugging a whole lot of niacin.  The bulk of those hospitalized are teenagers and young adults.  While the usual hospitalization symptoms were not indicated, typically energy drink side effects can cause heart issues, nervousness, headaches, and seizures.

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