Update on Emergency Department Visits Involving Energy Drinks: A Continuing Public Health Concern – The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) [US] – 10 January 2013

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Update on Emergency Department Visits Involving Energy Drinks: A Continuing Public Health Concern – The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) [US] – 10 January 2013 [The DAWN report – drug abuse warning network]

“The number of emergency department (ED) visits involving energy drinks doubled from 10,068 visits in 2007 to 20,783 visits in 2011

Energy drinks are flavored beverages containing high amounts of caffeine and typically other additives, such as vitamins, taurine, herbal supplements, creatine, sugars, and guarana, a plant product containing concentrated caffeine. These drinks are sold in cans and bottles and are readily available in grocery stores, vending machines, convenience stores, and bars and other venues where alcohol is sold. These beverages provide high doses of caffeine that stimulate the central nervous system and cardiovascular system. The total amount of caffeine in a can or bottle of an energy drink varies from about 80 to more than 500 milligrams (mg), compared with about 100 mg in a 5-ounce cup of coffee or 50 mg in a 12-ounce cola.1 Research suggests that certain additives may compound the stimulant effects of caffeine. Some types of energy drinks may also contain alcohol, producing a hazardous combination; however, this report focuses only on the dangerous effects of energy drinks that do not have alcohol.”

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