Navigation Links
ER Visits Linked to Energy Drinks Double: Report
Date:1/16/2013

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16 (HealthDay News) -- As the popularity of energy drinks has soared, so has the number of Americans seeking treatment in hospital emergency rooms after consuming these highly caffeinated beverages, federal health officials report.

Between 2007 and 2011, the number of ER visits more than doubled from roughly 10,000 to almost 21,000. In 2011, 58 percent of these ER visits involved energy drinks alone, while 42 percent also included drug or alcohol use.

Most of these cases involved teens or young adults, although there was an alarming spike in the number of people aged 40 and older showing up in the ER after consuming these drinks, according to the report from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Symptoms ranged from insomnia, nervousness, headaches and fast heartbeats to seizures.

Energy drinks contain high amounts of caffeine that can stimulate both the central nervous system and cardiovascular system, experts note. Caffeine levels in energy drinks range from about 80 milligrams (mg) to more than 500 mg in a can or bottle, the report noted, while a 5-ounce cup of coffee contains 100 mg of caffeine and a 12-ounce soda contains 50 mg of caffeine, the report said.

The beverages can also have other ingredients that may boost the stimulant effects of caffeine, according to report.

Many doctors are concerned about the high levels of caffeine in energy drinks, which can cause a major increase in heart rate and drive up blood pressure, explained Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, a preventive cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

"In anyone who has any underlying heart condition, these two effects can be deadly," she told HealthDay recently. "Know what you're drinking before you drink it."

Dr. Mary Claire O'Brien, a leading expert on energy drinks from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem, N.C., had this this to say about the findings.

"The issue is not the doubling of emergency department visits. That is the symptom," O'Brien said. "The 'disease' is the failure of the federal government to regulate energy drinks as beverages."

Adding to the problem is the fact that most consumers, especially the young adults who are targeted by the makers of these beverages, are not aware of the serious health risks involved, she noted.

Meanwhile, the American Beverage Association took issue with the report, which was released late last week.

"This report does not share information about the overall health of those who may have consumed energy drinks, or what symptoms brought them to the ER in the first place," the association said in a statement on its website. "In fact, it shows that 42 percent of the reported ER visits were by someone who had admitted to consuming alcohol or taking illegal substances or pharmaceuticals. However, there is no way to assess whether any of the remaining individuals chose not to report this fact, and the consumption of those substances along with energy drinks means the energy drinks may be irrelevant."

According to the report, pills were the most common drugs combined with energy drinks (27 percent), with 9 percent of those involving stimulants such as Adderall or Ritalin. About 10 percent of the visits included the use of illicit drugs, with 5 percent involving marijuana.

Males accounted for about two-thirds or more of energy drink-related ER visits during the four years. Visits for both males and females doubled between 2007 and 2011, from about 7,000 to nearly 15,000 visits for males and from nearly 3,000 to nearly 6,000 visits for females.

People aged 18 to 25 accounted for most of the energy drink-related ED visits, followed by people aged 26 to 39. However, the report found that visits by people aged 40 and older increased 279 percent over those four years, from nearly 1,400 to about 5,200.

Concerns about energy drinks have been heightened following reports last fall of 18 deaths possibly linked to the products, and two U.S. senators want the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to investigate the safety of these beverages, the Associated Press reported. The FDA said in a statement that it will review the safety of energy drinks this spring, the wire service reported.

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about caffeine.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCES: Mary Claire O'Brien, M.D., associate professor, emergency medicine, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston Salem, N.C.; Suzanne Steinbaum, M.D., preventive cardiologist, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, news release, Jan. 16, 2013; Associated Press


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Recession Drove Down Doctor Visits, Study Says
2. Study suggests vision insurance associated with eye-care visits, better reported vision
3. Naturecast Pets revisits New Study from University of Adelaide that may Help Dogs with Arthritis
4. Electronic visits offer accurate diagnoses, may lead to overprescribing of antibiotics
5. Study finds number of battery-related emergency department visits by children more than doubles
6. Higher quality rating for Medicare Advantage plan linked with increased likelihood of enrollment
7. Childhood obesity linked to more immediate health problems than previously thought
8. Marriage linked to better survival in middle age
9. High BPA Levels in Kids Linked to Risk for Heart, Kidney Damage: Study
10. U-M sibling study discovers genetic region linked to control of key blood-clotting protein
11. Some HPV-Linked Cancers Rising in U.S.: Report
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
ER Visits Linked to Energy Drinks Double: Report
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 13, 2017 , ... The American Board of Family Medicine's (ABFM) Board of ... Executive Officer, succeeding Dr. James C. Puffer upon his retirement. Dr. Newton will serve ... Puffer’s retirement at the end of 2018. Upon assuming the role of President and ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... Pharmacy (SOP) alumni Hannah Randall, PharmD ‘17, and Jennifer Huggins, PharmD ’17, ... guideline updates for the primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases during the 15th ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Many families have long-term ... long-term care insurance companies have a waiver for care if the client has a ... when the family pays for care, is often waived, so the benefits from their ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Global Healthcare Management’s 4th Annual Kids Fun Run brought out ... free event, sponsored by Global Healthcare Management’s CEO, Jon Letko, is aimed at getting ... children of all ages; it is a non-competitive, non-timed event, which is all about ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... Agile Software Development, has been awarded a contract by the Center for Medicare ... (BPA) aims to accelerate the enterprise use of Agile methodologies in a consistent ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/22/2017)... 2017 AVACEN Medical (AVACEN) announced that its ... helping those with the widespread pain associated with fibromyalgia ... in Essex, England commented, "I ... experiencing no sleep at all, tremendous pain, with every ... recommend [the AVACEN 100] enough, how this has and ...
(Date:9/18/2017)... , Sept. 18, 2017 ... fields of bioinformatics and immune engineering, today ... protective avian influenza A (H7N9) vaccine. ... related to seasonal influenza and presents a ... on prior exposure to be effective. Using ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... Sept. 12, 2017  ValGenesis Inc., the global ... is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. ... its Board of Directors and Chairman of Advisory ... life science companies to manage their entire validation ... paper in this process. Furthermore, ValGenesis VLMS enables ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: