The Danger of Energy Drinks
By Dr. George Crabb
Energy drinks used in excess or in combination with alcohol or drugs can pose a serious health risk. Adverse reactions that can occur with the ingesting of energy drinks include but are not limited to the following:
Arrhythmias – abnormal beating of the heart
Hypertension – high blood pressure
Dehydration – decreased fluid in the body
The above can lead to significant bodily damage (stroke, heart attack) and even death. Combining these drinks with substances of abuse raise the risk for serious, even life-threatening, injury and for the likelihood of engaging in risky behaviors, such as driving under the influence.
I define energy drinks as flavored beverages containing high amounts of stimulants such as caffeine. These drinks are marketed to youth and are consumed by up to 50% of children, adolescents, and young adults.
My friends, quick-fix energy drinks are not a solution and carry great risks, especially in combination with other substances of abuse. Instead of turning to energy drinks to help us through the day why don’t we take proper care of ourselves (appropriate diet, exercise, and rest) and look to the Lord Jesus Christ to give us the grace to accomplish our daily tasks.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”
(II Timothy 1:7.)