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As energy drinks grow in popularity, so do their health risks. According to this article, Energy Drinks & The Heart: Know the Risks, emergency room visits involving energy drinks double from 2007 to 2011 from about 10,000 to 20,000. These drinks may contain three to five times the caffeine as a same-sized soda can. The amount of caffeine is causing serious health issues to regular consumers and people need to become more aware of these negative effects.

The health effects include heart rhythm problems, increased blood pressure, and even cardiac arrest. These effects are mainly effecting youth who are often drinking energy drinks. Youth love to be hyped up on energy and find these drinks to be very appealing, but the more regularly they drink them, the more they are risking their own health.

Obviously once we hit a certain age, we make our own decisions about what we will drink, but the parents of these younger children need to put a stop to their consumption before these emergency room visits continue to increase.

It’s hard to believe that something as simple as what we think is just a boost of energy can cause this many health effects.  As college students, we may need a boost of energy while staying up late to finish up a last minute project or paper we waited to do last minute, but in this article it says, “19% of college students who use energy drinks have experienced heart palpitations.” Try to find a different way to get a boost of energy without risking your own health.