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Daniel A.:
What are some long term effects of energy drinks?

Seth 'Ur Face-Melting BFF' Estrada:
Possible caffeine addiction, anxiety - here's just one study done in Brazil: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20164571

Here's another study from Spain showing correlation between high doses of caffeine and poly-consumption of other drugs by university students: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20402455

My personal take is that caffeine is another pharmaceutical tool, to be used methodically and with careful planning, not willy-nilly. The makers of energy drinks tout them as nothing short of miraculous, which is very dangerous. If you are drinking energy drinks for the caffeine, you are also ingesting artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, and other questionable, if not overtly dangerous
ingredients/combinations of multiple potentially dangerous ingredients. Additionally, high-dose caffeine acts as a diuretic, which increases pressure on the prostate (for men anyway), an unnecessary risk for men over the age of 30. I could go on, but I'm simply going to end with this analogy:

Both Pepsi and Coke were initially considered medicinal drinks, not recreational beverages, and certainly not a replacement for water, as some people consume them. Energy drinks are the Coke of the new millennium. Please use caution.

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