Highly-caffeinated energy drinks may pose ‘high’ health risks
Washington: A research team has warned that highly-caffeinated energy drinks - even those containing no alcohol - may pose a significant threat to individuals and public health. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health and Wake Forest University School of Medicine recommend immediate consumer action, education by health providers, voluntary disclosures by manufacturers and new federal labeling requirements.
"The practice of mixing energy drinks with alcohol - which is more widespread than generally recognized - has been linked consistently to drinking high volumes of alcohol per drinking session and subsequent serious alcohol-related consequences such as sexual assault and driving while intoxicated....Research has demonstrated that individuals who combine energy drinks with alcohol underestimate their true level of impairment," the paper said.
The study has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).