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Is there any problem with consuming energy drinks? They are sold in all the convenience stores on base.

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Energy drinks generally contain generous quantities of caffeine, but they also contain multiple other ingredients/stimulants, many of which have not been sufficiently tested for safety. Excessive caffeine and other stimulants can negatively impact a person's sleep habits, as well as produce nervousness, anxiety, restlessness, stomach upset, tremors, rapid heartbeat, and in some cases death. In addition, many energy drinks are not labeled with the amount of caffeine and are not required to display warning labels advising proper use. As a consequence, consumers may not know how much caffeine (and other stimulants) they are consuming, which can lead to caffeine toxicity/overdose. For information about common ingredients found in energy drinks, visit HPRC’s “Crash energy drink” infosheet.

FAQ updated 19 May 2014.

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