Energy drinks have become a multi-million dollar industry in recent years.
But recently released data shows that more and more...that afternoon pick-me-up is putting people in emergency rooms across the country.
Just a few years ago, in 2007, around 10,000 people ended up in hospitals after consuming high-power energy drinks.
That number has now doubled...and that has some looking harder at what their putting into their bodies.
The new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), shows that in 2011, 20,783 emergency department visits involved energy drinks.
â??A growing body of scientific evidence documents harmful health effects of energy drinks, particularly for children, adolescents, and young adults,â?? the report stated.
According to everydayhealth.com, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported 13 deaths over the past four years possibly linked to 5-Hour Energy, an energy shot that is estimated to contain 215 mg caffeine per 2-ounce serving, as well as vitamin B12 and other energy boosters. The FDA has also reported five deaths linked to Monster Energy, a popular energy drink that contains 160 mg of caffeine per 16-ounce can.
By comparison, a 6-ounce cup of regular coffee contains 103 mg of caffeine.
More findings from the SAMHSA report:
- Men are more likely than women to visit an emergency department due to energy drink consumption, accounting for about two-thirds or more of visits since 2007.
- The most common age group to be involved in energy drink-related emergency room visits are those ages 18 to 25, followed by patients ages 26 to 39.
- In 2011, 58 percent of ER visits involved energy drinks only, while 42 percent involved other drugs
- 27 percent involved energy drinks and pharmaceutical drugs.
- 13 percent involved energy drinks and alcohol.
- 10 percent involved energy drinks and illicit drugs.
Last year, a report published in the journal Pediatrics found that almost half of the 5,448 caffeine overdoses reported in 2007 involved people under age 19. Many energy drinks contain 70 to 80 mg of caffeine per 8-oz serving â?? about three times the amount of caffeine found in cola drinks. The Pediatrics review concluded that, due to high levels of unregulated ingredients, energy drinks could post a health risk to children, adolescents, and young adults.
Do you use energy drinks? Do the new stats and reports have you rethinking your choice?