20,000 Emergency Room Visits Caused By Energy Drink Consumption In 2011

Idiocracy in our midst, via USA Today:

A new government survey suggests the number of people seeking emergency treatment after consuming energy drinks has doubled nationwide during the past four years.

From 2007 to 2011, the number of emergency room visits involving the neon-labeled beverages shot up from about 10,000 to more than 20,000, according to a survey of the nation’s hospitals released late last week by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The report doesn’t specify which symptoms brought people to the emergency room but calls energy drink consumption a “rising public health problem” that can cause insomnia, nervousness, headache, fast heartbeat and seizures that are severe enough to require emergency care. The findings came as concerns over energy drinks have intensified following reports last fall of 18 deaths possibly tied to the drinks.


8 Comments on "20,000 Emergency Room Visits Caused By Energy Drink Consumption In 2011"

  1. InfvoCuernos | Jan 20, 2013 at 2:01 pm |

    They just need to balance it out-http://www.keefcola.com/

  2. zombieslapper | Jan 20, 2013 at 3:41 pm |

    I don’t get the whole energy drink fad but I sure wish I had gotten in on the ground floor… I got a convenience store job after my real job went bye-bye and those Monster & Rock Star energy drinks just flew off the shelves. And they’re expensive! Somebody’s getting rich off those nasty drinks.

    • well, they’re “extreme” soda pop, so they are more expensive. lol Mix a little science (caffeine and sugar) with pseudoscience (taurine and “herbal extracts”), make it taste like medicine and you’re selling the Snake Oil of the teen set. Extremely high doses of caffeine alone can cause a racing heart and seizures, so that’s probably the cause of the ER visits, coupled with very common drug interactions and other health cautions. The list of contraindications for caffeine is pretty long: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-979-CAFFEINE.aspx?activeIngredientId=979&activeIngredientName=CAFFEINE

      and of course high doses of sugar can make you feel pretty crappy

      • The sugar levels on the “leaded” drinks are about as much as in the sodapops, and the sweeteners used in most energy drinks are actually healthier than in the pops. Plus, they’ve adjusted the taste in these things so that they’re pretty close to how pops taste.

        Having said that, the high caffeine is having an effect, especially when somebody drinks four cans of the stuff a day. Plus, don’t dismiss who knows what these new additives (don’t discount them, they’re additives and they probably have their own wayward interactions with certain drugs and other things) are doing to the body.

  3. "Big" Richard Johnson | Jan 20, 2013 at 11:32 pm |

    How does one misuse an energy drink so severely that it lands them in the emergency room? Do they snort the stuff?

  4. The ones pictured in the photo above are alcoholic energy drinks, which certainly may account for a large part of those hospital submission statistics. Mixing alcohol with extreme caffeine is beyond stupid, and these drinks are banned in some areas. People will drink a bunch of them, and because of the stimulant, they don’t realize how drunk they are getting until they crash, and I’ve heard of many cases of alcohol poisoning resulting.

  5. The craze of energy drink and sugar drink rapidly increases in various sectors;
    therefore we have found addiction problems among people that ultimately bring
    them towards emergency room. Therefore FDA puts a ban over several energy
    drinks in America.


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