A 74-year-old female asked:
my dad drinks 3- 4 cans of soda w caffeine. is that as bad as alcoholic beverages?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Robert Vanderbrook answered
21 years experience Family Medicine
Not as bad: Excess consumption of anything is not good, but the bad effects of alcohol for the most part outweigh any side effects from caffeine. Three to for servings of caffeine a day are not likely to cause significant harm in an otherwise healthy person. Consult with your doctor for more specific information and recommendations based on your father's medical history.
Answered on Oct 13, 2014
Dr. Donald Alves answered
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
No: Compare apples to apples: can of soda with caffeine like a cup of regular coffee. If not diet soda, then add 200-300+ liquid calories, which do not make you feel full, just add to daily intake and make you prone to obesity.
Answered on Oct 14, 2014
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