Report: Energy Drinks May Be Dangerous for Teens

Report: Energy Drinks May Be Dangerous for Teens
Monday, February 14, 2011 - 8:47am

A new report warns that energy drinks can be dangerous for children and teens.

The report, which was written by doctors, says the potential harms associated with consumption of the drinks, are mostly caused by too much caffeine or similar ingredients. They can cause heart palpitations, seizures, strokes and even sudden death. The report also notes that energy drinks often contain ingredients that can enhance the jittery effects of caffeine.

The study's authors want pediatricians to ask patients and their parents about using energy drinks and to advise against drinking them. The report cites research that suggests about one-third of teens and young adults regularly have energy drinks.

The study can be found in the Journal of Pediatrics.

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