Friday, January 4, 2013
Energy Drinks Have No Health Benefits
Energy drinks sales make companies fortunes every year with sales topping more than $10 billion in 2012 in the United States, according to The New York Times. Energy drink advertisements claim that their products provide a mental and physical edge, even though a cup of coffee has the same effect, experts told the newspaper.
“These are caffeine delivery systems,” Dr. Roland Griffiths of Johns Hopkins University, who has studied energy drinks, told the newspaper. “They don’t want to say this is equivalent to a NoDoz because that is not a very sexy sales message.”
In 2011, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued a report, showing a sharp rise in the number of emergency department visits related to the use of non-alcohol energy drinks, from 1,128 visits in 2005, to 13,114 in 2009.
Energy drinks are designed and marketed to appeal to our nation's youth, being consumed by up to half of children, teenagers and young adults. Furthermore, it is common practice to mix energy drinks with alcohol which heightens the risk of incident and in many cases results in fatalities.