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A crack-down on high-energy drinks?

Canadian Medical Association Journal urges strict rules


The Canadian Medical Association Journal is urging strict rules for energy drinks, as some contain enough caffeine to potentially cause intoxication. “Caffeine-loaded energy drinks have now crossed the line from beverages to drugs delivered as tasty syrups,” the CMAJ says in an editorial to be published today. The editorial calls for an end to targeting children in advertising campaigns and more transparency around caffeine content so that labels list the total amount of caffeine in each serving. Many drinks are loaded with syrups and typically contain 80 to 140 mg of caffeine per 250 ml, which is the equivalent amount of caffeine in one cup of coffee or two cans of cola. Some drinks, though, contain the caffeine equivalent of 10 cans of cola. Of the health concerns surrounding caffeine, CMAJ editor Dr. Paul Hebert said, “With acute intoxication you can get nausea, vomiting, heart palpitations… GI [gastrointestinal] upset, potentially heart arrhythmia, feelings of anxiety and nervousness.”

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A crack-down on high-energy drinks?

  1. Heh, reminds me of a company I worked for where one of the truckers would drink a red bull every hour, five or six 5 hour energy drinks, and a couple doses of ephedrine.

    Since the boss didn't mind, it was one of the reasons I quit.

  2. Can education be enough? Every time we make rules and law for every little offence, we might find ourselves oneday too restricted that there is no room for anything else.

  3. What's next? Coffee?

    • You bet, De-caf only by 2012…..

  4. I believe it is time for people to be given choices and let them be adults to decide which one is good or bad for them. If at every turn people, are prohibited from doing this and that by legislations, we might mentally become perpetual infants.