25 September 2008

Energy Drinks Need Warning Labels

"The caffeine content of energy drinks varies, yet the amounts are often unlabelled and few include warnings about he potential health risks," Dr. Roland Griffiths wrote in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

According to the National Institutes of Health, those risks include
rapid heart rate, nausea, vomiting, restlessness, anxiety, depression, tremors, and difficulty sleeping.

The NIH defines moderate caffeine intake as three 8 oz. cups of coffee per day and excessive intake as ten 8 oz. cups of coffee per day.
~ FOX News, 24 Sept 2008

Who consumes energy drinks?

Cab drivers, truck drivers, security guards, call center agents, doctors, nurses, and even students who study hard for exams. Almost everyone who needs to stay awake longer need energy drinks. Energy drinks give them the boost. 'Nothing wrong with that if they do it infrequently, and if they have no heart problems or high blood pressure. The problem arises later on when they have underlying cardiac and vascular problems.

I do agree that energy drinks should carry warning labels. But will this happen?
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