Excessive consumption of energy drinks can lead to mental health issues, blood pressure problem, obesity and damage to the kidney as observed by a current research, as reported by the news state.
The research has shown that most people mix the energy drinks with alcohol. Most of the energy drinks contain water, sugar, caffeine, some vitamin, minerals and non-nutritious ingredients like Guarana, taurine and Ginseng.
In an average energy drink contains 100 milligrams of caffeine in an ounce, which is eight times higher than coffee. The coffee has 12 milligrams of caffeine in an ounce. As per the Joint statement issued by Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, National President Indian Medical Association (IMA) and the President of the Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Dr RN Tandon who is the Honorary Secretary General IMA “Energy drinks can cause more harm than good. The large amounts of caffeine in them can lead to serious heart rhythm, blood flow, and blood pressure problems in the young and old alike. Taurine, one of the ingredients in these drinks, is a caffeine adjuvant, meaning that it aids the effects of caffeine. Apart from this, those who mix energy drinks with alcohol end up consuming more alcohol than if they were drinking alcohol alone. Energy drinks are thought to mask the signs of alcohol inebriation, thus making a person consume more and increasing the likelihood of dehydration and alcohol poisoning.”
For people who are under the age of 18, pregnant women, people sensitive to coffee and people dealing with ADHD, energy drinks are really harmful. Dr Aggarwal also mentioned the sharp contrast between energy drinks and sports drinks. He said, “It is also often seen that energy drinks are marketed and sold in stores under the same category as sports drinks. However, as per studies, they do not help in enhancing or promoting athletic ability in any way. It is important to remember that our body can obtain energy from other sources as well and that we do not need to depend on these energy drinks or caffeine for the same.”