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Energy Drinks: Just The Facts

All the info on high-caffeine, high sugar drinks

These drinks are very popular with young people, but how healthy are they? Energy drinks contain high levels of caffeine and sugar (in non-diet varieties), which can lead to health problems including:

  • Feeling sick or being sick
  • Panic attacks
  • Headaches
  • Feeling your heart pounding or having an irregular heartbeat
  • Affecting you mood – they may make you feel happy for a while and then you may feel really sad
  • Poor teeth
  • Increase in weight
  • Increased risk of having a fit
  • Can become dependent on the caffeine or other substances
  • Very occasionally, death

Did you know? From 2014, energy drinks that are high in caffeine have to label ‘high caffeine’ and state that they are not suitable for young people.

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