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OT: ER visits after energy drinks double since 2007

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Initial post: Jan 16, 2013, 9:39:24 AM PST

ER visits after energy drinks double since 2007
By Garance Burke, The Associated Press

A new federal government survey suggests the number of people seeking emergency treatment after consuming energy drinks has doubled nationwide during the past four years, the same period in which the supercharged drinks have surged in popularity in convenience stores, bars and on college campuses.
From 2007 to 2011, the government estimates the number of emergency room visits involving the neon-labeled beverages shot up from about 10,000 to more than 20,000. Most of those cases involved teens or young adults, according to a survey of the nation's hospitals released late last week by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
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The report doesn't specify which symptoms brought people to the emergency room but calls energy drink consumption a "rising public health problem" that can cause insomnia, nervousness, headache, fast heartbeat and seizures that are severe enough to require emergency care.
Several emergency physicians said they had seen a clear uptick in the number of patients suffering from irregular heartbeats, anxiety and heart attacks who said they had recently downed an energy drink.
More than half of the patients considered in the survey who wound up in the emergency room told doctors they had downed only energy drinks. In 2011, about 42 percent of the cases involved energy drinks in combination with alcohol or drugs, such as the stimulants Adderall or Ritalin.
"A lot of people don't realize the strength of these things. I had someone come in recently who had drunk three energy drinks in an hour, which is the equivalent of 15 cups of coffee," said Howard Mell, an emergency physician in the suburbs of Cleveland, who serves as a spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians. "Essentially he gave himself a stress test and thankfully he passed. But if he had a weak heart or suffered from coronary disease and didn't know it, this could have precipitated very bad things."
Concerns over energy drinks have intensified following reports last fall of 18 deaths possibly tied to the drinks - including a 14-year-old Maryland girl who died after drinking two large cans of Monster Energy drinks. Monster does not believe its products were responsible for the death.
Two senators are calling for the Food and Drug Administration to investigate safety concerns about energy drinks and their ingredients.
The energy drink industry says its drinks are safe and there is no evidence linking its products to the adverse reactions.
Late last year, the FDA asked the U.S. Health and Human Services Department to update the figures its substance abuse research arm compiles about emergency room visits tied to energy drinks.
The SAMHSA survey was based on responses from about 230 hospitals each year, a representative sample of about 5 percent of emergency departments nationwide. The agency uses those responses to estimate the number of energy drink-related emergency department visits nationwide.
The more than 20,000 cases estimated for 2011 represent a small portion of the annual 136 million emergency room visits tracked by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The FDA said it was considering the findings and pressing for more details as it undertakes a broad review of the safety of energy drinks and related ingredients this spring.
"We will examine this additional information ... as a part of our ongoing investigation into potential safety issues surrounding the use of energy-drink products," FDA spokeswoman Shelly Burgess said in a statement.
Beverage manufacturers fired back at the survey, saying the statistics were misleading and taken out of context.
"This report does not share information about the overall health of those who may have consumed energy drinks, or what symptoms brought them to the ER in the first place," the American Beverage Association said in a statement. "There is no basis by which to understand the overall caffeine intake of any of these individuals - from all sources."
Energy drinks remain a small part of the carbonated soft drinks market, representing only 3.3 percent of sales volume, according to the industry tracker Beverage Digest. Even as soda consumption has flagged in recent years, energy drinks sales are growing rapidly.
In 2011, sales volume for energy drinks rose by almost 17 percent, with the top three companies - Monster, Red Bull and Rockstar - each logging double-digit gains, Beverage Digest found. The drinks are often marketed at sporting events that are popular among younger people such as surfing and skateboarding.
From 2007 to 2011, the most recent year for which data was available, people from 18 to 25 were the most common age group seeking emergency treatment for energy drink-related reactions, the report found.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013, 9:41:07 AM PST
FOGE says:
Im going to need an energy drink to awake from the coma I get from reading that!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013, 9:41:18 AM PST
The Drizzle says:
today is day 3 with no more energy drinks and soda for me. i used to drink two amps every morning, and then atleast 88 oz of soda, and atleast a half a 2liter of soda a day. now i am drinking only water/selzter trying to see if my body appreciates it more.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013, 9:42:23 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 16, 2013, 9:42:40 AM PST
A customer says:
Stop drinking sodas about 2 years ago, this is month 2 of no energy drinks (used to have 1 every morning), and I feel great! I don't drink carbonation as is.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013, 9:43:15 AM PST
A customer says:
Holy carp, keep it up man.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013, 9:43:19 AM PST
The Drizzle says:
thats my problem, i love the carbonation

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013, 9:44:23 AM PST
The Drizzle says:
thanks, it just sucks when i get home. my love for diet dr pepper goes unmatched. i need to get me a big jar of dr pepper jelly bellys to fill the void

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013, 9:44:28 AM PST
A customer says:
I don't like it, gets me bloated. But when it's in things it's great.

I drink a Mountain Dew every 2 months or so, mixed with vodka usually.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013, 9:45:45 AM PST
Soulshine says:
Geez that is (was) a lot of soda. I gave it up too (a few weeks ago) but I was nowhere near that level of consumption. I was at about 1 or 2 per day usually. I gave it up for about three years when I was a teenager.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013, 9:47:38 AM PST
Problem is when people drink several of these things like they are trying to get high off of it (mostly youngsters I imagine). Rockstar is bad news. I've only had them a few times but I always felt like my heart was going to leap out of my chest. I enjoy a Monster every once in a while.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013, 9:48:10 AM PST
The Drizzle says:
when it comes to alcohol, i will still have my captain and coke, but that is different than my usual soda intake so i dont count it

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013, 9:48:24 AM PST
Holy crap that is going to be a huge change in your caffeine/sugar intake. You might actually go through a physical withdrawl.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013, 9:48:41 AM PST
FOGE says:
Holy balls! Isnt your xbox live logo Shake from Aqua Team Hunger Force? Kinda funny parallel. Anyways, good job man!

I gave up soda (mostly; still drink with alcohol occasionally) and feel much better as well. I still drink one energy drink (Verve) every morning.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013, 9:48:43 AM PST
August last year, I suffered my first real axiety attack. I haven't felt totally "normal" since.

I used to drink energy drinks when my friends came over. Usually just 1 maybe 2 if I was feeling froggy. I tried to drink an energy drink about a month after my anxiety attack and felt okay, until the "crash" came. I haven't had an energy drink since. I am not sure exactly what triggered the panic attack, but I don't think the energy drinks helped.

I don't drink soda/pop often either.

I still manage to drink like 1 or 2 cups of coffee a day and that does me just fine.

Still wish I felt "normal" though. There isn't a day that goes by now in which I feel a slight "fight or flight" response and that I am going to lose control of my thoughts.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013, 9:49:04 AM PST
The Drizzle says:
same here. the problem was i only drank soda. ive already drank more water in the last three days than i did in the last year. probably exagerated that a little, but you get the point

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013, 9:49:46 AM PST
The Drizzle says:
ive switched back to coffee. probably drink 2 or 3 cups a day, and got the mio energy stuff that you put in water.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013, 9:51:04 AM PST
Feeling froggy? Careful driving or opperating heavy machinery when you feel that way, I wouldn't want you to croak.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013, 9:51:22 AM PST
The Drizzle says:
it is, and my name is after him as well. now that you mention it, it is pretty funny. i never thought of that before

Posted on Jan 16, 2013, 9:51:50 AM PST
FOGE says:
"In 2011, about 42 percent of the cases involved energy drinks in combination with alcohol or drugs, such as the stimulants Adderall or Ritalin."

If you read one line, that is the one to take from this message.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013, 9:52:00 AM PST

You're very "pun"ny and I like it!

Posted on Jan 16, 2013, 9:52:57 AM PST
I have never been able to handle more than a sip of an energy drink. I try every once in a while to see if they taste good. They don't.
I don't see any reason that you would need an energy drink. There are so many better alternatives, like food.

The only good thing is they do sponsor one of my favorite sports, Supercross!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013, 9:53:12 AM PST
I've now cut even coffee from my diet but that was more because I am trying to cut refined sugar. I still have tea in the morning since it will wake me up and I don't add sugar to it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013, 9:53:42 AM PST
My best energy drink remains at plain ole H2O.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013, 9:54:41 AM PST
If you find the right kind of coffee, you should be able to drink it black.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013, 9:56:15 AM PST
Lol, I still haven't found the right kind of coffee.

Always need sugar and cream in mine. Maybe if the coffee is blended with sugar and cream, I could drink it "black".
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