Caffeinated Energy Drinks Linked To Five Deaths

Sugar- and caffeine-drenched “extreme” beverages actually live up to their marketing, give people heart attacks immediately after consuming, Yahoo! News reports:

The highly caffeinated Monster Energy Drink has been cited in five deaths and one non-fatal heart attack, according to reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating. The reports claim that people had adverse reactions after they consumed Monster Energy Drink, which comes in 24-ounce cans and contains 240 milligrams of caffeine, or seven times the amount of the caffeine in a 12-ounce cola.

News of the FDA’s investigation follows a filing last week of a wrongful death suit in Riverside, Calif., by the parents of a 14-year-old Hagerstown girl who died after drinking two, 24-ounce Monster Energy Drinks in 24 hours.

Monster Beverage Corp., which touts on its web site that the Monster Energy Drink is a “killer energy brew” and “the meanest energy supplement on the planet,” puts labels on cans that state that the drinks are not recommended for children and people who are sensitive to caffeine.

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  • asshurtmacfags

    Hmm, I am going to guess and suggest there was a undetected congenital defect present. She consumed roughly the same amount of caffeine as two-three cups of coffee over a full 24 hour period. Not enough to kill a healthy adult.

    • dethbunny

      Exactly. I’m willing to bet she also died “after watching some television” earlier in the day, around the same time she “was exposed to LA-area smog” and “ate unhealthy, typical American food.” Parents are going to try to find some logic, some reason their child died. It’s sad, but bad things happen sometimes.

      • Andrew

        Not exactly. Nothing happens because of nothing, and very few things happen because of only one cause. I’d bet sedentariness, smog, food, and Monster all had something to do with it.

        • dethbunny

          The smog, food, and lifestyle don’t get called out. It’s the beverage with about the same caffeine as a cup or two of coffee. Had she stopped at Starbucks and drank a Grande Caramel Macchiato and she had still passed away, we wouldn’t have this article.

          It still smacks of parents who want to find SOMETHING to blame. A single, readily-demonized thing. And certainly not themselves.

    • Daniel Reasor

      How much did the kid weigh?

  • mole_face

    This is no different than the deaths that happen every year as the result of coffee.

    There’s nothing in energy drinks that enhances the effects of caffeine, aside from the ones that contain ginseng extract. And even then, the small dose of panax ginseng isn’t enough to cause cardiovascular issues unless someone’s already hypersensitive to stimulants.

    Two of the other main ingredients in energy drinks – taurine and niacinamide – are mild tranquilizers that are meant to help counteract the negative effects of megadoses of caffeine. Despite popular belief, taurine isn’t a stimulant – it’s a tranquilizer that acts on GABA.

  • BuzzCoastin

    You’ll get my can of corporate consumer product energy drink
    when you pry it from my hot, vibrating, clenched fists.

  • http://twitter.com/Broken_Filter JMS

    Once 24oz can of Monster has the roughly the caffeine of 2-3 cups of regular drip coffee, which works out to about the same or less caffeine per fluid ounce. So why aren’t we linking these deaths to giant Starbucks drinks?

    • Liam_McGonagle

      Someone else already made the point about biological predisposition to heart arhythmyia, which I’m sure is true. But it’s also the case that the huge volume differential could make unwary people deliver the whole volume of caffeine to their systems much, much faster with an energy drink than they could with an equivalent batch of coffee. That’s not a trivial diference, either.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Are they Halal? Maybe the CIA can send these over to Waziristan and dial the drones back a bit.

  • wastedinfowebsitessuck

    she was also on drugs.. found in autopsy reports:P suck on that disinfo i dont even research this bull crap and know more than you.. dont post something when you dont have full detail or info