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Energy drinks are touted to increase energy, alertness, and physical performance. NCCIH reports that 1/3 of teens between 12-17 years drink energy drinks on a regular basis.

There are 2 kinds of energy drinks with the main ingredient in both being caffeine. One type comes roughly in the size of a regular soda can (about 16 oz.) and contains between 70-240 mg of caffeine. The other type is the “energy shot” (about 2-2.5 oz.) and contains between 113-200 mg caffeine. In comparison, a typical 12 oz. soda can has about 35 mg and of an 8 oz. coffee, about 100 mg of caffeine.

While an “average” dose of caffeine (defined as 85-250 mg) may cause increased alertness and decreased fatigue; higher doses (250-500 mg) may cause untoward effects including:

  • Restlessness/nervousness/anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Heart palpitations
  • GI issues
  • Headaches
  • Tremors
  • “Hyper adrenergic syndrome” which can lead to seizures and cardiac abnormalities

Mounting scientific evidence points to serious health risks in connection with energy drinks. While there may be a few short-term gains for athletes, little evidence exists to support positive effect on muscle strength/power. Increased alertness or improved reaction time is often offset by tremors, heart palpitations, restlessness/nervousness, etc. No requirements exist to enforce adequate labeling of either type of energy drink in regards to actual caffeine content. Other additives may also contain hidden caffeine. Ultimately, the AAP and other leading health care organizations do not recommend the use of energy drinks by teens.

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