Energy drinks cause problems for some

By Dinah Voyles Pulver

Kids Drinking Energy DrinksTempting promises lure buyers from the attractive cans of energy drinks on convenience store shelves: power, energy, endurance.

In a fast-paced lifestyle, where teens and adults alike often rush from one thing to another, those promises boosted energy drinks to wild popularity over the past decade, with sales rising more than 200 percent. However, a new report from the National Institutes of Health indicates emergency room visits related to the highly caffeinated drinks — often for rapid heartbeat and other side effects — also soared.

There’s no doubt the popularity of the drinks is rising, said Dr. Peter Springer, director of the emergency department at Halifax Health.

"Just talking to the younger adults, even high school kids, that’s their big deal," Springer said. "They’re not eating lunch and they’re substituting these drinks."

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