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Non-alcoholic energy drinks may pose 'high' health risks
Date:1/26/2011

uences such as sexual assault and driving while intoxicated Research has demonstrated that individuals who combine energy drinks with alcohol underestimate their true level of impairment."

  • Caffeine can have adverse health effects in susceptible individuals: "Therefore continued public health awareness regarding high levels of caffeine consumption, no matter what the beverage source, in sensitive individuals is certainly warranted," the researchers write.

  • Energy drink use appears to be associated with alcohol dependence and other drug use: More research is needed to clarify the possible mechanisms underlying the associations that have been observed in research studies.

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    The commentary recommends several "proactive steps to protect public health:"

    • Health care professions should inform their patients of the risks of consuming highly caffeinated energy drinks;
    • Individuals should educate themselves about those risks;
    • Manufacturers should warn consumers about the risks of mixing their products with alcohol;
    • Regulatory agencies should require energy drink manufacturers to disclose caffeine content on product labels and display appropriate warnings.


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  • Contact: Neil Tickner
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    301-405-4622
    University of Maryland
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