Energy drinks pose health risk

Red Bull indeed gives you wings that might fly you straight to the emergency room. A report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that the number of people landing in the ER after drinking caffeine-laden energy drinks doubled between 2007 and 2011.

These energy drinks, according to the report, can cause insomnia, irregular heartbeats, anxiety and even heart attacks. And that is just by drinking the energy drinks by themselves. Many young adults consume the drinks with alcohol or other stimulants, such as Adderall or Ritalin, making them even more dangerous.

Researchers say that since the drinks are so readily available, many people do not realize how strong they are. Manufacturers of the drinks insist that they are harmless, but two U.S. senators recently called for the Food and Drug Administration to investigate their safety.

Sourced from: The Washington Post, Report: Emergency room visits tied to energy drinks, especially among youth, double since 2007