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Abuse Of Energy Drinks Can Lead To An Increase In Deadly Car Accidents And Liability Cases

Attorney David I. Fuchs

Author

Attorney David I. Fuchs

Date

Jan. 5, 2012

Category

Car Accident Law

The National Safety Commission has issued a report on dangers of the use of high energy drinks and driving a car. Drinks such as Rockstar, Monster and Red Bull have become very popular among young adults over the past ten years. They have been marketed as drinks to increase an athletes performance but their primary use has been to help college and other young students as a study aid to stay awake.

Because of this several scientific reports have warned about the consumption of these highly caffeinated energy drinks and have recommended that the FDA require warning labels on cans of high energy drinks. Current Food and Drug Administration regulations allow 71 mgs of caffeine in soft drinks per 12 ounce can. However, as energy drinks are labeled as “dietary supplements”, the FDA has imposed no limit whatsoever on the amount of caffeine they can contain.

The energy drink No Fear contains 174 mg of caffeine. Rockstar and Monster each contain 160 mg. of caffeine. What this means is that as few as two cans of each of these drinks containing more than 250 mgs of caffeine can result in a caffeine intoxication which, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, can cause restlessness, nervousness, excitement, insomnia, flushing of the face, increased urination, stomach problems, twitching muscles, rambling speech and thought, irritability, irregular or rapid heartbeat, and agitation.

Bigger doses of caffeine can result in depression, mania, impaired judgment, hallucinations and psychosis. The British Journal of Addiction concluded that “caffeinism,” although infrequently diagnosed, may afflict as many ten percent of the population.

There’s not much detailed correlation between the use of high energy drinks and an increased risk of a car accident. But when reviewing the severe symptoms one may experience after consuming a high caffeine, high energy drink, it is clear that a huge risk of a major car accident exists.