How serious are health risks of energy drinks?

An Australian research project collected information about the health hazards of energy drinks by analyzing data associated with consumption of energy drinks and calls to a poison information hotline. Between 2004 and 2010, the poison hotline took a total of 297 phone calls from people who reported having consumed energy drinks.
  • Over the 6-year study period, the number of calls per year increased significantly, from 12 in 2004 to 65 in 2010.
  • 100 callers also reported consuming other substances along with the energy drinks, most often alcohol or another product containing caffeine.
  • 87% of those who called reported some type of symptom. Common symptoms were palpitations, feelings of agitation, tremors, and upset stomachs.
  • 7% of callers reported more serious symptoms, including hallucinations, seizures and irregular heartbeats.
  • Of the 297 callers, 128 were hospitalized. This included 57 people who only consumed energy drinks, without other substances such as alcohol or additional caffeine.
  • The median age of the callers was 17 years old.

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