While Blankson's report doesn't call for banning the drinks, "as a doctor who cares for adolescents, I can't tell them or their parents that these products are safe," he said. "I can't even tell them for sure how much caffeine is in some of these drinks, since many don't include that information on the label."
Dr. Sean Patrick Nordt, director of the section of toxicology at University of Southern California, offered a milder perspective on the danger of the drinks, saying they appear to be "relatively safe," especially if someone only drinks one or two.
Still, he said, they are potentially dangerous to some people and "should be viewed as more like medication than beverages." In particular, he said, they shouldn't be combined with alcohol, illegal drugs or drugs.
For more on the dangers of combining energy drinks and alcohol, try the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
SOURCE: Kwabena Blankson, M.D., major, U.S. Air Force, and adolescent medicine specialist, Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Va.; Sean Patrick Nordt, M.D., Pharm.D., assistant professor, clinical emergency medicine and director, section of toxicology, Department of Emergency Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles; Jan. 31, 2013, statement, American Beverage Association; February 2013 Pediatrics in Review
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