The boy's heart simply couldn't cope with the amount of caffeine in the beverages, according to the coroner. The teen wasn't the first to pay a terrible price for drinking popular beverages that are commonly but mistakenly considered safe, but he should be the last. The government must take steps to reduce caffeine levels allowed in energy drinks; to clearly provide recommendations on safe caffeine consumption for children and adolescents; to ban the marketing of energy drinks to young people of all ages; and to help educate the public on the health risks of high caffeine intake. Caffeine is a strong and potentially dangerous stimulant, particularly for children and adolescents. When people think of the drug, they generally think of coffee.
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Dangers of Teen Drinking | Consumer Information
The American Academy of Pediatrics is out with a new article today looking at the potential dangers adolescents could face by consuming these very popular caffeine -loaded drinks. NBC 's chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman is here with details. Nancy , good morning to you. So this is a lead article in the Journal of Pediatrics that says buyer beware, that there's a real concern that more kids are taking these than not. It's a big portion of the soft drink , if you will, industry. And that for certain children , children with cardiovascular diseases, children with diabetes, some children who may be taking neuropsychiatric medications, that the stimulants in these and the additives in these can affect any of the children who might have this.
The truth about teens and energy drinks
For caffeine consumers and teetotalers alike, the news was shocking: A South Carolina teenager died after drinking a cafe latte, a large Diet Mountain Dew and an energy drink in two hours. He collapsed at his high school in late April. Which is why the suspected cause of death — a caffeine-induced cardiac event triggering a probable arrhythmia — has renewed discussion about adolescents and caffeine.