Survey shows increase in energy drink consumption among young adults

Reuters (5/27, Mishra) reports that “Americans are consuming more energy drinks, with a notable increase among young adults, survey data show.” Researchers “point to high caffeine levels in energy drinks and a ‘rapidly expanding body of literature’ that suggests negative health effects and risky behaviors may be linked to high consumption of the beverages.” Reuters adds that “for adults, caffeine in doses up to 400 mg (about five cups of coffee) is generally recognized as safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, although some people are sensitive to lower doses,” while “higher amounts can cause health effects like high blood pressure, insomnia, irregular heartbeats and other problems.” The study was published online in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.