The use of energy drinks during the performance of work tasks may have negative implications for safety and health at work. In the following, read about the risks of consuming energy drinks.
What are energy drinks?
Energy drinks are drinks that contain different amounts of caffeine, taurine, guarana, amino acids, vitamins, and sugar. Energy drinks are promoted, useful in enhancing endurance and improving physical performance and concentration.
In the past 10 years there has been a significant increase in consumption of energy drinks, especially by young people. There is also a considerable debate about the content of energy drinks and whether their consumption is safe. Remember, it’s always important to keep things moving in moderation.
The energy drinks contain a mixture of:
- Caffeine – a stimulant acting on the central nervous system, to speed up messages to and from the brain. Coffee is the main active ingredient in energy drinks.
- Guarana – from a plant that contains about twice the amount of caffeine in a cafe.
- Theobromine – from the cocoa plant. It has a similar effect to caffeine and is found in chocolate and many other dishes.
- Theophylline – a medicine used to treat respiratory illnesses and asthma, is sold under different brand names. It is structurally similar to caffeine. It is also naturally found in tea in very small quantities.
- Taurine – naturally occurring in food, especially in seafood and meat, and is necessary for the normal functioning of skeletal muscles.
- Ginseng – a substance that comes from different plants and is believed to have healing properties.
Did you know?
- 5-6 hours after consuming an energy drink, the amount of caffeine is halved in your body. For a woman taking a pill, it will last 10 hours
- For most people it takes 12 hours or more to remove caffeine from the bloodstream. The speed at which this will happen depends on several factors.
- 12-24 hours later, withdrawal symptoms will begin and be ready for another stroke!
Short-term effects of energy drinks consumption:
- Waking and active.
- The need to urinate more often.
- Rising body temperature.
- Increasing heart rate.
- Stimulation of the brain and nervous system
Possible negative effects:
- fast heart rate.
- Serious injuries or death from overdose with caffeine may occur.
Who Should Avoid Energy Drinks?
Children and young people: There is no evidence that energy drinks are of any nutritional value. Studies show that children and young people who consume energy drinks can suffer from sleep problems, bedwetting, and anxiety.
Pregnant women and nursing women: Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are advised to avoid energy drinks, as well as large amounts of caffeine that may increase the risk of miscarriage, childbirth difficulties, and low weight of babies. Caffeine passes through the placenta and into the bloodstream, so breastfeeding mothers are also advised to avoid energy drinks.
Athletes and women: People who play sports are advised to avoid caffeine and energy drinks because caffeine can cause dehydration. The combination of dehydration and exercise can be dangerous.
Sensitive people of caffeine: Some people are more sensitive to caffeine than others. If you are prone to the effects of caffeine, only small amounts – just one energy drink – can cause side effects, such as restlessness and sleep problems.
Combining alcohol with energy drinks
Health workers have expressed concerns about the consumption of alcoholic beverages and the combination of energy drinks with alcohol. Drinking energy drinks with alcohol put the body under great stress and can mask some of the effects of alcohol. For example, if a person combines energy drinks with alcohol, they will still be under the influence of alcohol, but they will not be able to feel relaxed or sleepy. They may feel more secure, take more risks, and increase the chances of being injured in a fight or an accident. It is therefore advisable to avoid consuming alcoholic beverages.
3 Reasons to Skip These Dangerous Drinks
High amounts of sugar in energy drinks can lead you to an increased amount of blood sugar, dental health problems, and increase your weight. To be sure, you need to check the label to see how much sugar contains your favorite beverage. Compare it with a popular soda and you’ll find that often energy drinks contain even more sugar than regular carbonated juices.
Stress and nervousness
One of the most important reasons why you should not use energy drinks is that they cause increased stress and anxiety. Some contain a greater amount of caffeine than is indicated on their label, and more caffeine in the body can cause stress and tachycardia.
Although the energy drink can help you focus and finish your planned duties, it does not help you when it comes to sleep. We said that they cause tachycardia and fatigue, and for that reason, you start to eat healthy foods, drink more water, and exercise regularly, and avoid them more.