3 Reasons Energy Drink Bans Fail

Energy drinks are not intended for minors. And yet, energy drink bans are not the way to go.

Many states and counties in the US have tried to pass laws to prevent minors from buying energy drinks. In this episode of the Caffeine at Midnight podcast, Caffeine Scientist GreenEyedGuide describes the 3 reasons energy drink bans fail, and what lawmakers SHOULD do instead.

Where Minors Get Their Caffeine

Few get it from energy drinks

energy drink bans don't work because that's not where teens get their caffeine

The 3 Most Important Things You Need To Know

Energy Drink Bans Don't Address Dangerous Ingredients

People have overdosed on caffeine from shots of espresso, from pure caffeine powder, and from soda [see References, below].
A ban on energy drinks won't address situations where OTHER ingredients pose a health risk. For example, yohimbe, beta-alanine, and even B-Vitamins can be harmful in the wrong dose.

Energy Drink Bans Don't Include "Energy Drinks In Disguise"

Starbucks Doubleshot has 2x the caffeine of Red Bull. Some preworkout powders have 3x the amount of caffeine a minor can have in 1 day. Energy drink bans fail to include these products, which pose just as much risk to minors as the stereotypical energy drink.

Energy Drink Bans Don't Protect 18 Year Olds

Eighteen year olds don't magically wake up immune to caffeine toxicity. And yet, college students are more likely than minors of overdosing on caffeine. This is due to their newfound independence, peer pressure, and the stress of juggling college and Adulthood responsibilities.

Bottom Line

Preventing a minor from buying Red Bull is not the best way to keep minors safe from the health risks associated with energy drinks. There are too many loopholes, and there are better methods that protect everyone, not just minors.

In the next episode of the Caffeine at Midnight podcast, GreenEyedGuide shares why Canada’s Energy Drink Restriction is the way to go.

References

  1. Documented Deaths By Caffeine – Caffeine Informer
  2. Yohimbe Side Effects – WebMD
  3. Energy Drink Hospitalizations – GreenEyedGuide.com

Everything Wrong with Dwayne Johnson’s New Energy Drink

Set your BS-meter to high for this news about Dwayne Johnson's new energy drink.

This has nothing to do with Dwayne Johnson and everything to do with how this drink is being marketed. In this post (and corresponding YouTube episode), Caffeine Scientist GreenEyedGuide dissects the Forbes announcement and pinpoints what consumers need to know before buying Dwayne Johnson’s new energy drink.

Reading Between the Lines with an Energy Drink Expert

In this YouTube episode, GreenEyedGuide highlights misleading parts of the announcement about Dwayne Johnson’s new energy drink.

Note, these problematic marketing tactics are not new. They affect many energy drink launches and even Phil Mickelson’s coffee launch, “Coffee for Wellness”.

When it comes to caffeine and energy drinks, GreenEyedGuide is “the guide” to what’s really being said in these stories. GreenEyedGuide leans on her years of researching energy drinks to help consumers read between the lines and make more informed decisions.

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What Caffeine and Energy Drinks Do To Your Liver – It’s Not All Bad News

What do energy drinks do to your liver?

Did you know drinking coffee helps your liver? But what about energy drinks? In this episode of the Caffeine at Midnight podcast, Caffeine Scientist GreenEyedGuide reviews the science behind what caffeine and energy drinks do to your liver.

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Science Behind Kill Cliff Ignite Energy Drink

Have you ever looked at an energy drink and thought, “Is this good for me?” Don’t laugh – this question is not rhetorical. In fact, I’ve studied energy drinks for almost 20 years and I get this question all the time. My friends, family, and fans will send me pictures and ask, “What about this drink?” Some drinks are DEFINITELY better than others. And so today we’re going to focus on the Science Behind Kill Cliff Ignite.

Science Behind Kill Cliff Ignite - In This Post:

GreenEyedGuide

Hi there. I'm Caffeine Scientist, Author, and Speaker GreenEyedGuide. I help people beat burnout with caffeine science.

More than 90% of the population drinks caffeine every day. But when and how you drink your caffeine makes a huge difference in your health and well-being. I use my science background to help people drink caffeine strategically. In other words, I help people work better, sleep better, and feel better.

I earned my degrees in biochemistry and food science. Then I wrote a book about energy drink ingredients and safety concerns. After that, I wrote a book about How to Get Sh*t Done When You Feel Like Sh*t“. Above all, my goal as the “GreenEyedGuide” is to be a resource (ahem, a guide) for people who drink caffeine.

Short on time? Listen to "The Science Behind Kill Cliff Ignite" on the Caffeine at Midnight podcast.

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Is Green Tea an Energy Drink?

Picture the stereotypical cup of tea. Now picture the stereotypical energy drink. Could these images be any different? While tea represents a relaxed mood and health, energy drinks represent hyperactivity and danger. So what happens when you add energy drink ingredients to tea? When is tea more than “just tea”? When is green tea an energy drink?
 
For this exercise, let’s consider a specific drink. This drink is a blend of green tea, yerba mate, and green coffee beans. Sounds healthy, right? But how does it compare to plain tea? To Red Bull? We’ll go over that, plus the three criteria make this green tea an energy drink.

In This Post:

  • What is an “energy drink”?
  • When is green tea an energy drink?
  • Is green tea better than energy drinks?
  • Can I drink Marquis every day?
GreenEyedGuide

Hi there. I'm Caffeine Scientist, Author, and Speaker GreenEyedGuide. I use caffeine science to help people beat burnout.

I earned my degrees in biochemistry and food science. I use my science background to answer questions about caffeine and energy drinks. First, I wrote a book about energy drink ingredients and safety concerns. Then I wrote a book about “How to Get Sh*t Done When You Feel Like Sh*t“. Above all, my goal as the “GreenEyedGuide” is to be a resource (ahem, a guide) for people who drink caffeine.
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