POSTED: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 5:42pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 10:06am
MCALLEN — A new government survey suggests that the number of people seeking emergency treatment after consuming energy drinks has doubled nationwide during the past four years.
This is the same period in which the supercharged drink industry has surged in popularity in convenience stores, bars and on college campuses.
From 2007 to 2011, the government estimates the number of ER visits involving high energy drinks shot up from about 10,000 to more than 20,000 and most of those cases involved teens or young adults. Local doctors say that the popularity of these drinks is mostly amongst the youth who prefer to mix them, so they get certain effects. Doctor Javier E. Cortinas of DHR says, "People like to mix these drinks with alcohol because the effect of alcohol has diminished a bit and has an euphoric effect."
The new study doesn't specify the exact reasons why people end up in emergency rooms, but that those patients claimed to have insomnia, nervousness, headache, fast heartbeat and even seizures.
Doctors say that these energy drinks haven't proven to be bad for you, but instead that it's the amount of caffeine inside them, which is what you need to look out for.
Like everything, health experts suggest use these drinks in moderation and if you feel negative side effects yto discontinue drinking them.