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Healthier Me: Energy Drinks & Teens

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In Monday's Healthier Me, doctors have long warned potentially dangerous effects of energy drinks on the teenage body, and now a new study published in Pediatrics in Review (a journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics) by researchers at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA, suggests that teenagers are putting themselves at risk by downing these beverage, especially when mixed with alcohol.

 

Along with high amounts of caffeine, many top-selling energy drinks contain other ingredients which can strengthen caffeine's effect. Drinking a lot highly caffeinated beverages can lead to harmful effects in young people including heart issues, anxiety, digestive problems, insomnia, and dehydration, and mixing these with alcohol only intensifies the problems.

In response to the findings, the American Beverage Association has pointed out that energy drinks are not the only source of caffeine available to teens.

 

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