Weekend House Call: Energy drink precautions


GUZZLING DOWN THE POPULAR, HIGHLY-CAFFEINATED BEVERAGE. DR. HEBERT: ENERGY DRINKS. YOU SEE THEM EVERYWHERE — AT X GAMES EVENTS, BASKETBALL ARENAS, AND CONCERTS, BUT WHAT SCIEN HAS BEEN SHOWN AS RECENTLY THAT THESE ENERGY DRINKS CAN REALLY BE UNHEALTHY. THESE DRINKS ARE OFTEN PACKED WITH EXTRA VITAMINS, ALONG WITH CAFFEINE, WHICH DELIVERS THE EYE-OPENING JOLT OF ENERGY AND IS SUPPOSED TO BOOST YOUR BRAIN POWER. IF YOU’VE BEEN UP ALL NIGHT AT WORK OR STUDYING OR EVEN AT A BAR OR NIGHTCLUB, YOU MIGHT WANT THAT EXTRA KICK FROM ENERGY DRINKS TO STAY ALERT LONGER OR PERFORM BETTER SOMETIMES. THE MAKERS OF THESE DRINKS CLAIM THEIR DRINKS DELIVER ENERGY, BUT IN FACT, WHAT THEY DELIVER ARE MONSTER-DOSES OF CAFFEINE AND OTHER SUPPLEMENTS THAT REV UP YOUR SYSTEM. LARGE AMOUNTS OF CAFFEINE MAY CAUSE SERIOUS HEART AND BLOOD VESSEL PROBLEMS SUCH AS HEART RHYTHM DISTURBANCES AND INCREASES IN HEART RATE AND BLOOD PRESSURE. CAFFEINE IS ALSO BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH PALPITATIONS, ANXIETY, SLEEP PROBLEMS, DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS AND DEHYDRATION. AND JUST IN CASE YOU HAVEN’T HEARD THIS STATEMENT BEFORE, NEVER, NEVER MIX ENERGY DRINKS WITH ALCOHOL. YOU SEE CAFFEINE CAN MASK , SENSORY CUES THAT YOUR BODY RELIES ON TO DETERMINE HOW INTOXICATED YOU ARE. THIS MEANS THAT CONSUMING ENERGY DRINKS CAN MAKE YOU EVEN MORE INTOXICATED THAN YOU REALIZE, WHICH CAN LEAD TO HAZARDOUS AND LIFE-THREATENING BEHAVIORS, LIKE ALCOHOL POISONING, SEXUAL ASSAULT OR RIDING WITH A DRIVER WHO IS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL. LOOK, I GET IT. YOU’RE BUSY WITH SCHOOL, OR A FULL-TIME JOB, OR BOTH, AND WHEN YOU FINALLY WANT TO SLEEP YOU , HAVE TO GET UP WHILE IT’S STILL DARK OUT TO DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN. NO WONDER ENERGY DRINKS ARE SO APPEALING. BUT, THEY ARE NOT WORTH THE POSSIBLE HEALTH RISKS. IT’S BETTER TO GET MORE SLEEP AND EXERCISE SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO DEPEND ON CHEMICALS TO BOOST

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