20,000 in Hospitals in 2011 After Energy Drinks
Hey, this is crazy. The number of emergency room visits following the consumption of energy drinks has doubled nationwide: from 10,000 to 20,000 between 2007 and 2011, according to the results of a government survey. Most of the hospital visits were from teens and young adults. More than half of the patients had not been drinking alcohol.
The energy drinks alone can cause insomnia, nervousness, headache, fast heartbeat and seizures that are severe enough to require emergency care.
The survey, released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found in 2011, about 42 percent of the emergency room visits involving energy drinks happened in combination with alcohol or drugs, such as the stimulants Adderall or Ritalin.
IMAGE: Energy drink ‘Monster.’ (Corbis)