Energy Drinks Causing Holes in the Brain? Energy Drinks in the News

In October 2017 a news story surfaced that a man suffered a severe brain injury because of excessive consumption of energy drinks. Biochemist and Energy Drink Guide author GreenEyedGuide explains what consumers should take away from this news story.

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Consumption of Energy Drinks Among College Students in Quebec – Energy Drinks in the News (SPIN ALERT)

Turns out not a lot of college students in Quebec drink energy drinks, but watch out for how the news will spin concern about those who do.

Here’s the journal article (via capture because there’s no link to read the full thing):

source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28252368
Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28252368

 

This study involves over TEN THOUSAND college students across THIRTY-SIX different public colleges in Quebec.

Out of the 10,283 people who participated in the survey, only ~9.1% reported consuming an energy drink at least once a week in the previous month.

This means 9,348 out of 10,283 college students surveyed do not have an energy drink every week (like, zero energy drinks at all? For the whole week? In college?)

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SPIN – ALERT

Because this is college, the study also looked at alcohol consumption and use of cannabis, glues/solvents, and amphetamines.

FACT – Mixing energy drinks and alcohol is a baaaaaaaaadddd idea. This study properly suggests that combination of alcohol and energy drinks poses a risk for serious adverse effects. 

FALSE – Any statements like “college students who use energy drinks are more likely to abuse psychoactive substances…more likely to demonstrate excessive use of alcohol”

Approximately 1-in-4 people (247 out of 935, ~26%) who said they drink at least one energy drink said they also use psychoactive substances. This finding is not proof that energy drinks were a gateway to psychoactive substances for these people. How many people use psychoactive substances but not energy drinks?

There were even fewer people who reported consuming alcohol-energy drink combos (109 out of 935 people. 1.1%).

That means I have at least 109 more people to convince that this combo is a waste of booze (because you won’t feel it/can’t enjoy it) and a dangerous idea (because you won’t feel drunk, but you ARE in fact impaired).

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The journal article conclusion reads

“A majority of respondents are not heavy users of ED (energy drinks), AED (alcohol+energy drinks), or ED with drugs.”

Can we just stop there and celebrate that for a minute before we give fodder to the “Energy Drinks are Poison” camp?

“Yet, the profiles of ED consumption potentially harmful to health that characterize some participants indicate that the potential health consequences of such behaviour are of concern.”

I am worried this last line will get translated as, “some participants who consume energy drinks exhibit behavior that is potentially harmful to health, so we should probably be worried about all energy drink consumers.”

 

WATCH OUT FOR SPINS!!!

 

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Beverages for Writers: Drinks to Boost Energy

The following is a guest post written by Bruce C. McAlister and edited by GreenEyedGuide. As a writer, Bruce shares the different options writers have when they need an energy boost, and highlights some of the benefits of energy drinks. 

Do writers need energy? Even if a writer is just sitting and typing most of the time, writing requires mental alertness and concentration. Just like any other person, writers need nourishment. However, with certain pressures, deadlines, and all-nighters, writers sometimes need an energy boost to keep them going. Since writers sit most of the time, eating more food is not such a sound option because they would most likely eat too much.

In effect, some writers rely on an energy boost from beverages, but they do not need to limit themselves to drinking coffee. There are several options to choose from. Consuming energy drink is one option, and there are a number of benefits that can help writers maintain the energy and focus they need while writing.

Energy Boosting Drinks for Writers:

  1. Coffee

This option is obvious. The caffeine in coffee helps improve focus, which is exactly what writers need. Plus, many people love coffee for its taste alone.

  1. Water

Writers need to stay hydrated. There are times when writers are in the zone and they don’t have the urge to get up and grab something to eat. At minimum, they should remember to drink some water. Dehydration can cause tiredness and loss of concentration.

  1. Green Tea

A cup of tea has less caffeine than a cup of coffee, but this is still enough caffeine for a boost of energy to help writers continue working on their composition. Tea also has antioxidants which provide several health benefits. Moreover, the boost from tea is less likely to cause the jitters than the boost from coffee.

  1. Orange Juice

According to health experts, flavonoids from fruits help pump-up the blood flow in the brain. This applies to flavonoids in orange juice as well. In effect, orange juice can increase mental energy needed to write.

  1. Yerba Mate Tea

This is a popular tea drink in Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina. The beverage is concocted from the leaves of the yerba mate plant. It contains more caffeine than most tea variants. Additionally, it has B-vitamins, antioxidants, magnesium, and potassium. It enhances clarity, focus, and mental energy without the headaches and jitters that result from other caffeinated drinks.

  1. Energy Drinks

Energy drinks are not just supplements for extreme athletes. Energy drinks are also popular among students looking to boost their brain power when studying for exams. Writers can also benefit from energy drinks.

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Benefits of Energy Drinks for Writers

  1. Energy and Focus

Energy drinks make people feel more energetic, alert, awake, enthusiastic, and productive. Thanks to the caffeine content, this can help writers stay focused on their writing. With improved focus, some writers might feel energy drinks help them think more quickly.

  1. Standardized Caffeine Content

While the caffeine content of coffee and tea can vary drastically, caffeine from energy drinks is standardized and is normally declared on the label. Caffeine content in tea and coffee varies by brewing method, the quality of the beans and leaves used, and other factors. However, energy drinks have standardized recipes so the caffeine content in a bottle or can stays consistent. With this consistency, writers can determine exactly how much caffeine they will ingest.  As a result, they can then manage their intake more accurately, and avoid the negative effects of consuming too much caffeine.

  1. Convenience

Most energy drinks are served cold so it’s so possible to consume them more quickly than a cup of tea or coffee. While it is never recommended to “chug” an energy drink, the cold temperature can offer convenience for people who don’t have the time to prepare coffee or tea. Basically, energy drinks are ready to drink – no need to boil, heat, or brew.

  1. Flavor Variety

Energy drinks have a wide array of flavors to choose from. When writers start getting bored with the taste of tea or coffee, there are several flavor options from the wide variety of energy drinks. There are energy drinks that taste like soda, some that taste like coffee, some that taste like fruit juice, and some that taste unique.

  1. Additional Nutrients

Other than caffeine, energy drinks have additional nutrients that can help writers improve their writing game. These nutrients include B-vitamins, taurine, glucuronolactone, and ginseng. These nutrients come with their own benefits which can help writers get through all-nighters.

  1. Invigorating Taste

Many energy drinks are served cold and carbonated. Carbonation helps some people feel instant refreshment. On a hot day, some people will find a cold, carbonated energy drinks easier to consume than hot coffee mixed with milk or dairy.

  1. Calorie Free

For people trying to control their Calorie or Sugar intake, there are many Zero Calorie and Sugar-free energy drink options. For some people, these options might be more appealing than consuming coffee without cream and sugar.

Writer’s Choice

Writers have several options to boost their energy when they write. These beverages should be consumed in moderation since too much caffeine can be harmful. Writers should try these beverages when they find themselves struggling to stay focused, staring into nothingness, or consistently yawning. If you are a writer and find yourself struggling to finish your composition, which of these beverages will you choose?

Author Bio

Bruce McAlister Bruce C. McAlister is one of the proponents of http://getessaynow.com/ . He is also a successful writer, social media strategist, and entrepreneur working as the marketing arm for their business. Bruce travels to help stop world hunger. He believes that 90% of world issues can be solved using proper communication. This is what inspires him to write.

 

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GreenEyedGuide Caffeine Challenge Day 6/10 – Fatigue Level 4

For Day 6 of the GreenEyedGuide Caffeine Challenge we talk about FATIGUE LEVEL 4 (out of 5) aka ENERGY EMERGENCIES! What happens when you reach Fatigue Level 4 and what kinds of energy drinks/caffeinated beverages should you use?

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GreenEyedGuide Caffeine Challenge Day 5/10 – Caffeine Limits and Mondays

For Day 5 of the GreenEyedGuide Caffeine Challenge, we talk about when MONDAY RUINS your SUNDAY! We talk about the importance of planning ahead, why 400 is a magic number for caffeine consumption, and what countries exceed that magic number. ***PLAY ALONG – post a picture of your tricks to nurse your caffeine on Instagram/ Facebook/Twitter and tag @GreenEyedGuide, or add your pictures to the Caffeine Challenge Event page at Facebook.com/GreenEyedGuide/events

Through this challenge, you’ll learn how to use the 5 Levels of Fatigue to reap the benefits of caffeine while avoiding addiction, dependence, tolerance, and toxicity.