Frequent Consumption Of Energy Drinks Can Lead To Poor Health – Part 2 of 3
Dr Mary Claire O’Brien, a influential expert on energy drinks from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem, NC, had this this to say about the findings. “The issue is not the doubling of crisis department visits. That is the symptom,” O’Brien said. “The ‘disease’ is the failure of the federal government to regulate energy drinks as beverages”.
Adding to the problem is the fact that most consumers, especially the children adults who are targeted by the makers of these beverages, are not aware of the serious health risks involved. Meanwhile, the American Beverage Association took issue with the report, which was released late last week. “This despatch does not share information about the overall health of those who may have consumed energy drinks, or what symptoms brought them to the ER in the first place,” the association said in a statement on its website.
And “In fact, it shows that 42 percent of the reported ER visits were by someone who had admitted to consuming hooch or taking illegal substances or pharmaceuticals. However, there is no way to assess whether any of the remaining individuals chose not to report this fact, and the consumption of those substances along with pep drinks means the energy drinks may be irrelevant”. According to the report, pills were the most common drugs combined with energy drinks (27 percent), with 9 percent of those involving stimulants such as Adderall or Ritalin.