Featured Media Resource: Are Energy Drinks Really That Bad? (Above the Noise/KQED)
In this video we take a closer look at the science to see if energy drinks are really as bad as the hype, and what it is about them that has doctors concerned.

ABOVE THE NOISE, a new YouTube series from KQED, follows young journalists as they investigate real world issues that impact young people’s lives. These short videos prompt critical thinking with middle and high school students to spark civic engagement. Join hosts Myles Bess and Shirin Ghaffary for new episodes published every Wednesday on YouTube.


Energy Drinks!

We’ve all been there– needing to stay awake, but our body refusing to cooperate. We hear they are bad for us, but sometimes we reach for energy drinks like Redbull, Monster, and Rockstar to help us out. Or maybe we drink them just because we like the boost it gives us, or we simply like the taste. Whatever the reason, energy drinks are a billion dollar industry and their popularity keeps growing despite health concerns. We are warned they are particularly dangerous for children and teens– and there’s even been reports of deaths linked to energy drink consumption.

In fact, in 2011 the American Academy of Pediatrics, an organization of 60,000 pediatricians recommended kids and teens should never drink energy drinks. In 2013, the American Medical Association got involved and called for a ban in advertising energy drinks to people under 18. And some people want to take this further and actually ban the sale of energy drinks to minors. In fact, Lithuania was the first country to enact such a ban. In response to these health concerns, the American Beverage Association, the trade group that represents many of the energy drink brands, have created their own guidelines around marketing and labelling of the drinks. For example they do not market these drinks to children under 12 and they don’t sell them in K-12 schools.

The American Beverage Association developed voluntary guidelines to label energy drinks for their age appropriateness. Is this enough? Should there be stricter regulations for these beverages?


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Do you think energy drinks should be more regulated? Why or why not? #DoNowEnergyDrinks

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More Resources

REPORT: The Buzz on Energy Drinks (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

GUIDELINES: ABA Guidance for the Responsible Labeling and Marketing of Energy Drink (The American Beverage Association)

 

Should Energy Drinks Be Regulated? 5 April,2017Lauren Farrar
  • Jonny Ballesteros

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  • Ciana Bell

    I personally don’t think that the government should concern itself with medical marijuana. I feel that there are many medical benefits to Marijuana and for the government to fail to realize this and continue to prosecute those who use marijuana is a waste of resources and time. Business insider notes 23 health benefits of medical marijuana, these benefits that it gives to certain individuals is quite amazing. http://www.businessinsider.com/health-benefits-of-medical-marijuana-2014-4/#-can-help-control-epileptic-seizures-3 When it comes to the question of pills versus medical marijuana, I think that Marijuana is the healthier option. Furthermore, there are a number of issues that are far more pressing than this that the government should focus and concern itself with.
    #DoNowMedicalMarijuana #MyCMSTArgs

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    I think that the federal government should legalize medical marijuana because of the benefits. If alcohol is legal and has no benefits why shouldn’t medical marijuana be legalized if it does have benefits. I still think there should be restrictions on it like what age should be allowed to use medical marijuana and have a doctor oversee the use on it to ensure it is being used safely. Also a lot of people are getting arrested for marijuana and its just crowding the prisons and creating more problems. In an article by http://www.drugpolicy.org/marijuana-legalization-and-regulation they state that legalizing marijuana would reduce harm, create jobs, save money, promote consumer safety. If this drug can help cancer patients and other patients that are in pain it should be legalized especially because once its legalized we can do more research on it and make sure its safe. #DoNowMedicalMarijuana #MyCMSTArgs

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    I believe that it should be left up to the states to decide whether marijuana should be illegal. I do feel like marijuana is taken way too seriously, because at the end of the day, it really does not have any negative affect on anyone. Honestly, the majority of people smoke marijuana so I don’t think the government should concern themselves with this. We have bigger fish to fry than worrying about weed. Let’s worry abut the 64,000 black women missing in Washington DC that nobody is trying to find? Marijuana is here to stay, people are going to smoke it, so the government might as well let it go. #MyCMSTArgs

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    I believe the Federal Government should atleast allow research to be done. On what basis have they classified Marijuana to be so dangerous? Especially if patients and doctors have recognized it to be helping patients we should atleast give scientist the chance to determine the effects. I do believe there is some sort of interest in not approving it, like maybe the pharmaceutical companies. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowMedicalMarijuana

  • Grace Gerberich

    I believe that marijuana should be available to any and all people who want to use it at their own exposure. The federal government needs to legalize marijuana for everyone because of all the endless benefits. I am always confused with the constant dispute over whether or not it should be legal, after all, studies have shown almost complete positive affects. Marijuana is used to aid so many different health situations. Let the people be free to it’s benefits. Quit fighting over an issue that is bound to happen anyway, despite the law. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowMedicalMarijuana
    http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/11/dispute_over_bag_of_marijuana.html

  • Energy drinks are safe if you’re drinkin’ only one can. At least, sugar-free and decaf. #KQEDScience https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7d201b7b52eb1ca4baf35441d61f60d92d8d5d53724149bbdcb06e3a51bb2708.gif Our friends in Boston needs your support. Help ‘GBH to produce more programmes for NPR and PBS, like the science programme NOVA.

    • Kyle Robins

      As shown in the video, most of the energy drinks are within the 100-150mg of caffeine range. Since adults are able to comfortably take in up to 400mg, this is not an issue. Even for kids that the recommendation is close to 100mg, as long as they just have one can, it really isn’t that harmful. It is when there is over-consumption beyond the recommended dosages that problems begin to occur. #DoNowEnergyDrinks #MyCMSTArgs

  • Lizet Ortega

    NO, I don’t think energy drinks should be regulated, or if they are does that mean that many other products that affect kids going to the regulated as well? I can’t keep track of how many reports and articles I’ve read about: Hot cheetos containing chemicals dangerous to the body, soda drinks becauseof the high sugar, sodium and caffeine content in soda, it dehydrates the body and over a long period of time can cause chronic dehydration. Bad for the teeth– Drinking soda regularly causes plaque to build up on the teeth and can lead to cavities and gum disease.

    • John Ramirez

      I completely agree. People should know what theyre inserting into their body. I also agree with the idea that the FDA should tighten the rules and make these snack harder to pass their approval. #DoNowEnergyDrinks #MyCMSTSArgs

  • Carly Campbell

    I don’t necessarily think we should regulate energy drinks in America. Just like anything else, we need to be cautious about what we put into our bodies as well as what we let our kids consume. These drinks have tons of sugar and caffeine, just like anything else. I don’t believe

    • Yasmin Gonzalez

      I agree, the Government is always looking for something else to regulate and I think that it we need to take responsibility for what we consume and what we allow our children to consume. I think we need to educate ourselves and our children about the effects that caffeine can have on our bodies to try and lessen the consumption of it. These brands are giving us the caffeine amount without it being a requirement and were still being told it should be regulated. It’s already a product being made and consumed by numerous people and I don’t see regulating it making a huge difference especially because children find ways around laws to get substances they aren’t supposed to. I also think that if we’re going to regulate energy drinks we should regulate other harmful drinks such as coffee which can also contain large amounts of caffeine. #DoNowEnergyDrinks #MyCMSTArgs

  • Yasmin Gonzalez

    I do not think that energy drinks should be more regulated but people should be educated on the effects that these sugar and caffeine drinks can have on people’s overall health. Ultimately it is the choice of the consumer to buy this product and consume it based on what they know about the product. Like the video said most of these energy drink brands state how much caffeine and sugar as well as other things that are in the drink so people should be able to educate themselves on the harms of the drink and wether they want to put it in their bodies. I think that we have a lot more important things to worry about besides resulting energy drinks that although unhealthy are not as dangerous as alcohol or drugs. People need to take the time to learn about what they consume and decide what they want to do from there. I understand that regulation would be targeted towards keeping children from drinking these unhealthy drinks but I think as parents they need to take the responsibility of making sure their children are eating and drinking healthy products. In a fox new article that state that deaths have been caused by energy drinks but even if this is true I think it’s time that people try and be responsible with substances and stop abusing them. http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/11/16/lawmakers-urge-fda-to-regulate-energy-drinks.html Even if energy drinks were regulated kids would find a way around it just like they do with cigarettes and alcohol as well as other substances. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowEnergyDrinks

    • Trevor Ramsey

      I agree with your claim that energy drinks are not as dangerous as drugs or alcohol. While dosage is important with all substances caffeine is not nearly as dangerous as others. If reports were to come out showing how addiction to caffeine in the younger population has become more prominent due to energy drink marketing I believe a change should be made. Until then, let them stay awake all night cramming for the test the next day. #MyCMSTArgs

  • Trevor Ramsey

    The way energy drinks are currently marketed in the US appear to exceed the FDA standard. While companies are not required to label its caffeine totals, they do. According to University Health News the caffeine found in energy drinks becomes increasingly dangerous once a dependence has been established. The dangers of a caffeine overdose or addiction forming has nothing to do with regulations regarding advertising and marketing energy drinks. The FDA reports on caffeine intake in the United States show that there has been no measurable increase in caffeine consumption. If a new study shows there to be a higher trend of kids consuming energy drink dependence then there should be restrictions placed on the sales to minors. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowEnergyDrinks

    http://universityhealthnews.com/daily/energy/the-disturbing-dangers-of-energy-drinks-and-energy-drink-addiction/

    https://www.fda.gov/downloads/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OfficeofFoods/CFSAN/CFSANFOIAElectronicReadingRoom/UCM333191.pdf

    • Grace Gerberich

      I agree completely! As of now there is no correlation between advertising and marketing energy drinks and the possible dangers they can bring about. The FDA report was an interesting read and proved your point! #DoNowEnergyDrinks #MyCMSTArgs

  • Kyle Robins

    I do not think that there should be more regulation on energy drinks until there is more sufficient evidence on the negative effects os adolence comsuming the beverage in relation to adults. Overall, the energy drink industry does what it can to inform its consumers of what is in the can and places certain warnings on it already. As long as energy drinks continue to do this sort of self-refulation on their own, I do not believe there is a need for any government organization to get involved. #DoNowEnergyDrinks

    • Ryan Sotelo

      I agree, I do not believe that the government should get involved with regulating energy drinks. However I do think that there should be more awareness about the affects of consuming too much caffeine and the dangers associated with it for those at too young of an age. #DoNowEnergyDrinks #MyCMSTArgs

  • Ryan Sotelo

    While I do not believe that energy drinks should be banned for those who are under 18, I do believe that companies should try to prevent advertising toward younger people, and that there should be more education about the affects of too much caffeine consumption. According to New York times there was a 14 year old girl in Maryland who had died from too much caffeine consumption. While she had an underlying heart condition, the 24 ounce can contained 240 mg of caffeine, which as stated in the video is too high for children.http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/23/business/fda-receives-death-reports-citing-monster-energy-a-high-caffeine-drink.html
    If there was more awareness about how much caffeine is safe/unsafe and that the over consumption of it can be fatal, than maybe there could be less dependence and less tragedies in the future. #donowenergydrinks #MyCMSTArgs

    • Dollie Partida

      I like what you said about there being more education on the effects caffeine consumption can have. Implementing this into maybe a high school health class could really be significant. Some students might not even know they can die from too much caffeine. It will definitely prevent tragedies like the one that happened in Maryland. #DoNowEnergyDrinks #MyCMSTArgs

  • John Ramirez

    I do not think that energy drinks should be regulated. I understand that they are bad, however so are many things like chips and soda. I believe there should be a large amount of warning but ultimately it should be up to each individual person to decide. Also I believe that they need to stop targeting teens. #DoNowEnergyDrinks #MyCMSTSArgs

    • Neve Roby

      I agree that energy drinks shouldn’t be regulated, people know what they’re getting into when they drink it. I agree there should be a lot of warnings & the companies should stop directly targeting the youth. Energy drinks and cigarettes are similar, people know what they’re putting into their bodies & make the decision to do it. #DoNowEnergyDrinks #MyCMSTSArgs

  • Grace Gerberich

    I don’t agree that we should be regulating energy drinks. But at the same time people should be more aware of the effects of drinking all of the sugar and caffeine that are in energy drinks and how consuming too much can be bad for one’s health. But we should leave it up to the consumer and whatever the consumer choses to buy. Then after that, the consumer must be the one concerned with whether or not they will research the harms of the drinks. Everything in moderation. As it goes for child consumption prevention of energy drinks, the parents should always be the regulators of what their children consume. #DoNowEnergyDrinks #MyCMSTArgs http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/11/16/lawmakers-urge-fda-to-regulate-energy-drinks.html

    • Ciana Bell

      I also made note of rather than banning or regulating energy drinks we should education those on the dangers of consumption. It should not be the governments job to place a regulation on things for our heathy, we should be wise enough to chose for ourselves. Also, in general I feel that greater education on matters that are affecting our health should be better taught. Drugs and alcohol are bad and we hear this all the time from speakers on campus and from our parents but how often does someone come in and expalin the dangers of energy drinks? With its increased popularity and known health dangers, increased education is needed to make an impactful difference in my opinion.
      #DoNowEnergyDrinks #MyCMSTArgs

      • Lizet Ortega

        This is actually a great idea, education is key to everything and maybe educating people on the dangers of these drinks could really help. Regulating doesn’t always have to be putting a ban into things but rather give more information about the dangers and make it clear that there are side effects with the use of this products. Educating costumers could really make a big change and hopefully open people’s eyes about this drinks. #DoNowEnergyDrinks #MyCMSTArgs

  • Ciana Bell

    I do not think energy drinks should be more regulated. Everyone who drinks an energy drink is making a choice, regulation is only limiting our freedom to choose. I don’t feel it should be the governments job to restrict these drinks from individuals under the age of 18, that should fall on the parents. Personally I feel we should have education on the matter not a regulation on the issue. Right away when you type in energy drinks on google there are plenty of ads on the health dangers that come with these drinks, that should be regulation enough. If we want to hinder our health it should be our choice to do so. The following website gives additional information on energy drinks. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/energy-drinks #DoNowEnergyDrinks #MyCMSTArgs

  • Dollie Partida

    I don’t think energy drinks should be more regulated. I think people already know they aren’t the best thing to drink all the time. I don’t know anyone who drinks more than 3 energy drinks per day. Also the video showed the amount of caffeine in these drinks. One drink was bellow the 400mg adults should take and some were close to the 100mg recommended for kids. According to http://theconversation.com/alert-and-ready-for-action-why-its-time-to-ban-energy-drinks-for-under-18s-44765 ,”In 2014, the US Food and Drug Administration indicated energy drinks should be classified as beverages, which means manufacturers must report the presence of caffeine on packaging”. These drinks are the same as soda, juice and any other sugary drink. They can all lead to further problems if taken in large amounts. I don’t think it’s fair that energy drinks get more regulated while soda and other things are left of the hook. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowEnergyDrinks

  • Neve Roby

    I don’t think energy drinks should be more regulated, people are well aware of the risks that energy drinks pose & still chose to drink them so I don’t think regulation is going to do anything. I also don’t think people are drinking energy drinks for the taste, I honestly can’t think of a single person who drinks energy drinks for their taste. Coffee is significantly more popular among college students for energy boosts. Data from the Mayo Clinic shows that a 24-ounce can of Monster actually has less caffeine than a 16-ounce Starbucks coffee, therefore restricting access to energy drinks therefore can’t possibly prevent people from consuming dangerous amounts of caffeine. Hundreds of millions of people consume caffeine on a daily basis with impunity, a legal crackdown on energy drinks would be a regulatory overreaction. #DoNowEnergyDrinks #MyCMSTArgs

  • Hannah Fulks

    I don’t think that energy drinks should be regulated. Regulation of energy drinks wouldn’t be effective, as regulating energy drinks is unrealistic. I believe that an age restriction would be ineffective due to the fact that people would buy it for those who are “underage”. Energy drinks are harmful to the human body as they are extremely easy to drink and loaded with sugar and caffeine, but people are aware of the risks associated with consuming these beverages. One of the main issues with energy drink consumption is that people aren’t aware of the risks when combining caffeine and alcohol. http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/11/16/lawmakers-urge-fda-to-regulate-energy-drinks.html
    This would be a reason to regulate energy drinks, but I cannot think of a regulation that would be effective and realistic.

    #DoNowEnergyDrinks #MyCMSTArgs

  • Janet Ilko

    SSHOULD WE DRINK ENERGY DRINKS?

    I believe teens should be able to drink energy drinks in moderation. Like don’t drink 2 cans of energy because it’s ain’t hardcore it just stupid. According to ABA (american beverage association) who represents 95% of energy drinks will making harder for kids to drink it and giving more facts and precaution. But drinking too much could cause heart problem. But if they take with care they’ll get the buzz and not to worry about a
    Amina Health Sciences Middle School

  • Janet Ilko

    I believe teens shouldn’t be able to drink Energy Drinks. I believe this because Energy Drinks have been proven to be unhealthy i know this because in one of the articles i read called Daily Mail where it states “Some contain more sugar and caffeine than is recommended in a day” which leads me to understand how dangerous Energy Drinks are. In another article i read it also states “The national Federation of state high school Association recommend that young athletes should not use energy drinks for hydration, and information about the potential risk should be widely distributed to young athletes.” which leads me to understand why energy drinks are so dangerous.
    Jai
    Health Sciences Middle School.

  • Janet Ilko

    SHOULD WE DRINK ENERGY DRINK?

    I believe teens should be able to drink energy drinks in moderation. Like don’t drink 2 cans of energy because it’s ain’t hardcore it just stupid. According to ABA (American beverage association) who represents 95% of energy drinks will making harder for kids to drink it and giving more facts and precaution. But drinking too much could cause heart problem. But if they take with care they’ll get the buzz and not to worry about it!
    Amina

  • Janet Ilko

    Should Teens Drink Energy Drinks

    I believe that teens should NOT drink energy drinks. I believe so because ages between 12-18 experienced headaches, anger, and difficult in breathing. Energy drinks are very bad for young people because they get too much energy because of their heart rate goes to fast.They also explained in the article that a 50-year old man came to the hospital with a inflamed liver. He was vomiting and had dark urine because he drank four energy drinks every day for three weeks before all those side effects came. This supports my claim because it proves/explains what energy drinks can do to you and what it can cause harm to your body system with health issues. Gabrielle

  • Janet Ilko

    Should Teens Drink Energy Drinks?
    Energy Drinks are proven to be unhealthy choices for teens. I believe that Teens shouldn’t be able to purchase energy drinks before the age of 18. According to Time Health.com “76% of 612 young adults say that they have experienced a headache in the last 6 months. 22% also said they had difficulty breathing after consuming Energy Drinks.” This is saying that Teens have experienced health issues after consuming these dangerous drinks. Another piece of evidence that supports my claim is TIME has also released a survey which concluded that “71% of 1,000 young adults or students drink Energy Drinks with Alcohol.” This means that students are misusing energy drinks with alcohol which may be fatal. Eric

  • Janet Ilko

    Should teens drink energy drinks?

    Energy drinks are proven to be unhealthy because they have too much chemicals and people with heart disease should consume energy drinks with caution. I believe this because it states in the article, The Case Against Energy Drink Is Getting Stronger, by Time Health states ¨The doctors concluded energy drinks caused his liver problems, citing another similar case that supports their suspicions.¨ Another piece of evidence that i found was when the article states, ¨energy drink consumption is linked to adverse cardiovascular events, sleep disturbances, and other substance use among adolescents.¨ This all makes me believe that energy drinks are unhealthy and kids shouldn’t drink them.
    Victor A.

  • Janet Ilko

    Should Teens consume energy Drinks?

    I believe younger aged teens should not be allowed to consume energy drinks because it is a unhealthy choice as a beverage for developing teens.

    According to the Center For Disease Control, “In 2007, 1,145 american adolescents aged 12-18 went to the emergency room for an energy related accident”, later on they mention, “ in 2011, the number climbed to 1,500” This leads me to believe that when children drink energy drinks it affects their health.

    Another Piece of evidence That supports my claim, is found according to the american medical association, where they state, “energy drinks are linked to health problems specifically heart attacks” After reading this I can confirm energy drinks have a more consequential negative effect rather than the short term energy boost. I can also assess that my source is credible because of the expertise they possess, – Reuben calas

  • Janet Ilko

    Teens should not drink energy drinks!

    In my opinion i believe teens should not drink energy drinks. Energy drinks are proven to be unhealthy choices for kids and teens. Some say that energy drinks are linked with some severe health problems such as, “headaches, stomach aches, and sleep problems.” They are also associated with behaviors such as, “binge drinking and drug use.” Although there are no direct links to death from energy drinks.
    A typical serving of coffee has 150 milligrams of caffeine, while some energy drinks contain up to 500 milligrams. that could be really unhealthy for people. If someone was to consume too much caffeine it could cause their heart to beat faster than intended, and may possibly lead to a heart attack. According to the New York Times. Over the past year 5 peopple died because of energy drinks. Set.D

  • Janet Ilko

    Should Teens Drink Energy Drinks?

    I believe teens should not be able to drink energy drinks in moderation. Energy drinks are proven to be unhealthy choices for kids and teens. Some say that energy drinks are linked with some severe health problems such as, “headaches, stomach aches, and sleep problems.” They are also associated with behaviors such as, “binge drinking and drug use.” Although there are no direct links to death from energy drinks.
    Energy drinks contain a tremendous amount of caffeine, that could be really unhealthy for people. If someone was to consume too much caffeine it could cause their heart to beat faster than intended, and may possibly lead to a heart attack. According to the New York Times, “Five people may have died over the past three years after drinking Monster Energy, a popular energy drink that is high on caffeine.” Kaylee

  • Janet Ilko

    Should Teens Drink Energy Drinks?

    Teens shouldn’t drink too much energy drinks because according to the article “ 6 Dangerous Facts Why Energy Drinks Should Be Consumed With Care” it states that “ it can cause addiction.” It can cause addiction because consuming too many of anything will cause you to become addicted to it.Also on another article called “Doctors Call For Halt to Energy Drinks Ads to U.S. Youths” it included that, “energy drinks have been under scrutiny after been linked to death and hospitalizations.”This piece of evidence supports that drinking too many of these energy drinks can kill you if you don’t drink it moderately.I believe that these are the reasons why I don’t believe people should be drinking energy drinks. Jenny D.

  • Janet Ilko

    Should Teens Drink Energy Drinks?

    I believe that energy drinks are dangers of energy drinks are getting a lot of press because of the sheer volume of energy stimulating products in the marketplace and the ease of access to these by minors.
    While most energy drinks don’t have as much caffeine as Starbucks, they are heavily sweetened and easy to drink, which appeals more to the younger demographic.
    Therefore, we are seeing increased incidents of those 18 and younger having dangerous side effects from consuming too many energy drinks at one time. Zach

  • Janet Ilko

    Should teens drink energy drinks ?

    Energy drinks have been proven to be unhealthy choices for teens. Which is why I believe that energy drinks should not be consumed by teens. According to Time Health, “ 22% of people who drank energy drinks reported breathing related problems.” This shows how unhealthy energy drinks really are. Energy drink labels tend to leave out some very important details. According to the American Beverage Association, “Energy drink labels will not promote mixing with alcohol nor make any claims that the consumption of alcohol together with energy drinks counteracts the effects of alcohol.” This shows how the energy drink companies hide information in order to sell their product. To sum it all up teens should not be able to drink energy drinks because it is a very unhealthy and unsafe choice. Ernesto G.

  • Janet Ilko

    Should Teens Drink Energy Drinks?

    According to scientists energy are proven to be bad for kids and teens.I also believe that energy drinks are not good for kids because the not only have caffeine but it has mixed ingredients. Like it mentions in “6 Dangerous facts why energy drinks should be consumed with care “
    “Mixing energy drinks and alcohol can be extremely dangerous” .

    Other reasons why i believe energy drinks are not good for kids is because energy drinks can lead to death. In the article Doctors Call For Halt To Energy Drink Ads to U.S Youths it supports my claim because it says “Energy drinks have been under scrutiny after being linked to deaths and hospitalizations. That is what leaded me to believe energy dinks are not good for kids/teens. Jenifer G.

  • Janet Ilko

    Should Teens Drink Energy Drinks?

    Energy drinks have both good and bad ingredients that could help and hurt the body. According to ,LIFE: Telegiz: The Latest Technology News and Cool Stuff, ‘’Previous studies have indicated that certain ingredients found in energy drinks such as vitamin B and ginseng are good for the health.’’ While on the other hand, according to ,The Guardian, ‘’A review of worldwide evidence on energy drinks links them to headaches, stomach aches and sleeps problems. This evidence supports with opinion because they both are reasons why energy drinks can be good and bad for you. Victoria

  • Janet Ilko

    Should Teens Drink Energy Drinks?
    I believe energy drinks shouldn’t be sold to teens because they are proven to be an unhealthy choice. According to the article, The Buzz on Energy Drinks by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, energy drinks can be very harmful for adolescents, they mentioned, “In 2007, 1145 adolescents aged 12 to 17 went to the emergency room for an energy drink related emergency, in 2011 that number climbed to 1,499.” They also mentioned, “nationally only 1.2% of high schools sell energy drinks a la carte to students in the cafeteria, as many as 11.6% of secondary schools in some districts sell energy drinks in vending machines, school stores and snack bars,” which shows how schools don’t agree with each other. Arianna

  • Janet Ilko

    I believe that teens should not drink energy drinks because energy drinks are proven to be bad for teens. In the article daily mail it states that, energy drinks can cause health problems like headaches, stomach aches, and sleeping problems. This explains that energy drinks have some side effects to them also another thing the article gives are examples one of the examples the article gives is that “just one can of a monster energy contains 160MG of caffeine and 55G of sugar ( by the way the 55g of sugar is about 13 tablespoons of sugar that is more than what people should drink 11 year olds should drink about 105mg of caffeine and should should have about 30g of sugar so that means that energy drinks put three times more than what you are suppose to have in a day another important thing that is explained is that “some energy drinks contain more sugar and caffeine than is recommended in a day so this is a very important statement because this can lead to your heart stopping and this also explains that people may die from drinking too much energy drinks. Jessica

  • Janet Ilko

    Should Teens Drink Energy Drinks

    I believe that energy drinks are unhealthy for you, because they can cause various side effects such as headaches, stomach aches, sleeping problems, heart problems, and in some extreme cases even death. These are also band to children under 16 because of their high caffeine and sugar content, in fact one energy drink contains more caffeine than is recommended in a day. One energy drink can contain 120ml-500ml of caffeine when only 100ml of caffeine is recommended in a day for children and only 400 ml of caffeine is recommended for adults. A survey involving great britain and 15 other european countries found that 68% of 11 to 18-year-olds and 18% of children age 10 and under consume energy drinks, with 11%of the older group and 12% of children drinking at least a litre in a single session.

  • Janet Ilko

    SHOULD WE DRINK ENERGY DRINK?

    I believe teens should be able to drink energy drinks in moderation. Like don’t drink 2 cans of energy because it’s ain’t hardcore it just stupid. According to ABA (american beverage association) who represents 95% of energy drinks will making harder for kids to drink it and giving more facts and precaution. But drinking too much could cause heart problem. But if they take with care they’ll get the buzz and not to worry about it! Amina

  • Janet Ilko

    Should Teens Drink Energy Drinks?

    I believe that energy drinks are unhealthy for kids. In the article, The buzz on Energy drinks, the center for disease control and prevention states that in 2017, 1,145 adolescents ages 12-17 went the the emergency room for an energy drink accident. There is about 70 grams of sugar and 115 milligrams of caffeine in energy drinks according to the article The Case Against Energy Drinks is Stronger, from Time Health. -22 percent of 612 people had difficulty breathing after drinking energy drinks. I learned that energy drinks shouldn’t be given to young adults because of all the health problems that it causes for them. Raina

  • Janet Ilko

    I believe teens should be able to drink energy drinks once in awhile because some may need it for extra energy and that can be useful but one or two times you drink it a month it won’t affect as much. As in the article Government urged to ban energy drink sales for under-16s over health concerns it mentions “ A single can of popular brands on the market can contain around 160mg of caffeine, while the European Food Safety Authority recommends an intake of no more than 105mg of caffeine per day for an average 11-year-old.” I believe that this is reasonable becuase if you take to much caffeine you can have heart problems because of the cholesterol and you can have hard problems on your brain growth. Yanailli

  • Janet Ilko

    Should Children and/or Teens Under The Age of 16 be Consuming Energy Drinks?

    I argue against youth energy drink advertising and consumption due to the facts and research done proving that energy boosting related beverages can cause health issues including heart disease and complications.

    The New York Times published an article titled, “Monster Energy Drink Cited in Deaths” ,where they provided evidence as to how energy drinks such as the brand Monster are the cause to multiple related death incidents.

    Another article published by the Press Association titled, “Government Urged to Ban Energy Drink Sales for Under-16s Over Health Concerns”, provided information on experts that wanted to prevent the sales of energy drinks to the youth due to resulting health complications. Johny

  • Janet Ilko

    Did you know that According to The New York Times “Five people have died over the past three years after drinking Monster Energy .” I believe that teens should not drink energy drinks because in the New York Times it also states that “A 14-year old maryland girl died in December from a heart arrhythmia after drinking large cans of monster on two consecutive days.” In the article 6 Dangerous Facts Why Energy Drinks Should Be Consumed With Care is states “In 2012 ,there were 12 reported deaths since 2009” Do you still want to keep consuming energy drinks? Linzeyht

  • Janet Ilko

    Should Teens Drink Energy Drinks?
    I believe that teens in general should not drink energy drinks because energy drinks are proven to be dangerous for teens. According to the article, 6 Dangerous Facts Why Energy Drinks Should Be Consumed With Care states,”When drinking energy drinks becomes a habit, it may lead to dependency.” This is saying that if you always drink energy drinks than you may be addicted to it later. Another piece of evidence is in the article “Doctors Call for Hall to Energy Drink Ads to U.S. Youths.” In this article, it mentions,”’Energy drinks contain massive and excessive amounts of caffeine that may lead to a host of health problems in young problems’ Alexander Ding…” This proves my claim on how energy drinks are proven to be dangerous for teens. I learned that teens shouldn’t drink energy drinks, especially since our brains are still developing. Asli

  • Janet Ilko

    I believe that teens should not drink energy drinks because their brains are still developing, the more they drink it the more it will affect their brain. It’s okay to drink some but not to the point where you are going to get addicted to it and drink it almost everyday. The same with coffee, you can drink it but not to the point where you have to drink it everyday. Nyssa

  • Janet Ilko

    I think teens should not drink energy beverages because they can cause diabetes. I also think teens should not drink energy beverages because these drinks can become very addictive and the amount of caffeine a teens can drink is a not a very high amount. Plus it can also cause death, Energy drinks have too much sugar for young adults to have. I know this because its cited in “Monster Energy Drink Cited in Deaths” in paragraph 3. Maya

  • Janet Ilko

    Should Teens Drink Energy Drinks?

    I believe that teens shouldn’t drink energy drinks because they are proven to be unhealthy choices for teens. According to the New York times, “Monster Energy is among scores of energy drinks like Red Bull and Rockstar, and energy “shots” like 5-hour Energy, that companies are aggressively marketing to teenagers and young people.” This shows that they are targeting young people because they don’t know that energy drinks affect them, so they keep on drinking it everyday. In the article CDC, “2007 1,145 teens went to the ER because of energy drinks.” This supports my claim because energy drinks are high in caffeine and when it gets mixed with chemicals it causes it to have more affect on teens ,which may send them to the ER. Not only is having a lot of caffeine bad for you but you can also become addicted to it. Tatiana

  • Janet Ilko

    I believe teens shouldn’t be able to drink Energy Drinks. I believe this because Energy Drinks have been proven to be unhealthy i know this because in one of the articles i read called Daily Mail where it states “Some contain more sugar and caffeine than is recommended in a day” which leads me to understand how dangerous Energy Drinks are. In another article i read it also states “The national Federation of state high school Association recommend that young athletes should not use energy drinks for hydration, and information about the potential risk should be widely distributed to young athletes.” which leads me to understand why energy drinks are so dangerous. Jai

  • Janet Ilko

    I believe teens shouldn’t be able to drink energy drinks. Energy drinks could affect your health, like problems breathing or heart problems. In The Case Against Energy Drinks Is Getting Stronger by Alexandra Sifferlin it mentions, “Energy drinks are popular among young teens and adults, but studies continue to show they may have unintended and potentially serious side effects, including high blood pressure, hyperactivity and more”. This states how energy does actually affect you in many ways, it also makes you feel sick. To sum up, in the article “American Beverage Association” it states “Not intended/recommended for children, pregnant or nursing women and/or persons/those sensitive to caffeine.” Therefore I thinks teens shouldn’t drink energy drinks or even buy energy drinks, sometimes the energy drink taste great but it could affect your health in many ways and also mess up your mind. Evee

  • Janet Ilko

    Energy drinks have been proven to be unhealthy for teens.I believe that energy drinks should not be sold to teens under the age of 18.According to the article from Time Health,”The Case Against Energy Drinks Is Getting Stronger.” states that energy drinks contain more ingredients than just caffeine.The article mentions that companies appear to be making their drinks bigger and with even more sugar, which is bad for teens.Another piece of evidence to support my claim is that in the article it mentions that teens shouldn’t drink energy drinks because it can cause effects like anger, headaches and even death.In the article it says that a 50-year old man came to a hospital with an inflamed liver, he had pain, vomiting and had dark urine.The results were that the man had drank four to five energy drinks every day for three weeks.This means that drinking too much energy drinks can damage your insides and can cause many deaths.Something that I didn’t know that I learned now is that you can end up in the hospital or even die from drinking too much energy drinks. Jocelyn

  • Janet Ilko

    I believe teens should be able to drink them because they need energy to stay awake in class and also when they don’t sleep enough. I believe that this is also bad because according to the New York Times 5 people have died over the past 3 years after drinking monster energy drinks that is popular and high in caffeine. This leads me to believe that teens should get more sleep and that stores should not sell the energy drinks to people under 18 because they can be addicted to the drinks and they can overdose on them. In the article it states that while healthy adults can safely consume large quantities of caffeine from sources like coffee, tea, and energy drinks, the drug, which acts like a stimulant, can pose risks to those with underlying conditions like heart disorders. I believe this states that these things have a risk of addiction to the drugs and the thing that have a lot of caffeine in it. Gaby S.

  • Janet Ilko

    I believe that energy drinks should not be consumed by teenagers. These type of drinks are linked to many complications. According to the article”Doctors Call for Halt to Energy Drink Ads to U.S. Youths” states,” Energy drinks have been under scrutiny after being linked to deaths and hospitalizations.” This evidence shows that energy drinks are not healthy, especially for kids that are still growing. Also, the same article says that these drinks can cause heart problems in kids that consume these drinks. The article says,” Studies that link the drinks to heart problems and reports about emergency room visits by children after consuming the drinks.” These quotes show that energy drinks can be detrimental to children’s health.
    David T.

  • Janet Ilko

    I believe teens should not be able to drink energy drinks in moderation.Energy drink are proven to be unhealthy choices for teens because some energy give us heart complication and some of those could have a harmful effect in a nervous system . Too much of anything can potentially be dangerous, so moderation is recommended when consuming energy drinks as well. Caffeine and other ingredients in these beverages are drugs and should be respected. To reduce the potential energy drink dangers education why should we not drink energy drink i think we should not drinking energy drink because the energy drink is really bad for your heart. In the article called the buzz on energy drink said that it presented at the 2013 American Heart Association found that drinking one to three energy drinks could mess with your heart rhythm and increase your blood pressure. If severe enough, these changes could lead to an irregular heartbeat or even sudden cardiac death.Caffeine is the most common stimulant in these drinks, but some brands contain other plant-based stimulants, such as guarana and ginseng in the article called the energy drink cited deaths tell us that how the energy drink is bad for you and young kids the energy drink is bad for us because they said that 16% of young children between 11-15 get sick by drinking energy drink and they said that the children under 16 should not drink too much energy drink because it really bad for kids.i learned that the energy drink is bad for children even adults .if they drink it too much. Huy T.

  • Janet Ilko

    I believe teens should and could drink them if they wanted to but should be watch under a close eye. I also believe that marketing could out to be one of the issues that goes on with energy drinks.

    According to ABA guidance for responsible labeling and marketing of energy drink,They cannot be marketed as a dietary supplement and must have all How to nutrition all values and calories on them. again referring from the Aba (The American Beverage Association) Alpha Theta that energy drinks must State all side effects and risks.This can backed up by multiple claims that energy drinks have caused Hospitalizations due to heart attacks.Is my paper and you think should not be contingent on a daily basis but only one really necessary Fletcher

  • Janet Ilko

    According to the Daily Mail.com,’’68% of 11 to 18-year-old 18% of under-10s consume energy drinks”.I believe people under 16 should be banned from buying energy because it can damage the brain.For example,when you drink multiple energy drinks you start to get effects.In the article ‘‘Ban the sale of energy drinks to under-16s’: Campaigners’ plea as it emerges some teens are drinking up to a LITRE in one go’’ it states,’’drinks are linked with headaches, stomach aches and sleeping problems.I believe that when a teen consumes more than a can they get these effects ,which means it is at the point where it can damage their brain.And this is when energy drinks should be ban from teens under the age of 16. Milca

  • Janet Ilko

    Should Teens Drink Energy Drinks?
    I believe teens should not be drinking Energy drinks because energy drinks are proven to be unhealthy choices for teens. Energy drinks should not be sold to teens and children. According to the New York Times, “Five people may have died over the past three years after drinking Monster Energy, a popular energy drink that is high in caffeine.” which leads me to believe that energy drinks can cause dangerous effects. Caffeine is better for you because in the the Article “ 6 dangerous facts why energy drinks should be consumed with care” by KM Diaz states “A typical serving of coffee has 150 milligrams of Caffeine, while some energy drinks contain up to 500 milligrams” which proves my claim because Caffeine is better than energy drinks. In conclusion energy drinks will cause dangerous effects to teens and children. Yocelinne

  • Janet Ilko

    I believe teens should not drink energy drinks. According to Dr.Visram,lecturer for health and public policy in Durham University states, ‘’Youth energy drink consumption is growing public health concern due to the high caffeine and sugar contents of these drinks.’’ Teens and kids should not be drinking energy drinks because of health problems and high caffeine.Some facts to support that energy drinks are a negative impact towards teens is in the article by The Guardian,’’Government urged to ban energy drink sales for under 16s over health concerns’’.For example, it mentioned that a review on worldwide evidence on energy drinks link to headaches,stomach aches, and sleep problems.Also, consumption in the U.S doubled between 2007 and 2011 reported and published by the Food Research Collaboration.This explains that the amount of energy drinks have doubled and have the capability to provide the effects listed.Although energy drinks are enjoyed and provide energy,there are risks to drinking it.The reasons why teens should not drink energy drinks are because its sugar are not always healthy,they can give you hurting reactions, and it can be too much caffeine than a person can take. Ashley

  • Janet Ilko

    I believe teens shouldn’t drink too much energy drink or none at all. In fact, energy drink wasn’t even suppose for kids and adolescent. According to American Beverage Association, ABA Guidance for the Responsible Labeling and Marketing of Energy Drink, they are planning to have labels that aim more on young adults and older, meaning they are not aiming at kids. Another example would be from American Medical Association, Doctors Call Halt to Energy Drink ads to U.S. Youth, energy drinks has shown there has been some deaths, hospitalization, and heart complication after drinking. Although, it is unknown if the energy drinks is the reason why, experts still recommend children and adolescent to not drink energy drink. I concluded that energy drink may be the cause of some health problem, although it is still unknown, time and reserach can only tell. Julia

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