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I'm Addicted To Energy Drinks
How much is my brain damaged if I have been addicated to caffeine for 10 years? Ex. I drink energy drinks and pop on a daily basis if I don't I can't think or wake up
Probably no damage: It is conceivable that extraordinary quantities of caffeine could produce brain damage, but not likely. Excessive use or "addiction" may cause problems, even possible brain changes, but these would not be classified as "damage." You may be painting a picture of addiction, not actual damage -- this could be better addressed by a professional evaluation. ...Read more
Not doing it: Energy drinks are simply high doses of caffeine, which is not good for people in excess. Energy and stamina do not come out of a pill bottle, or for that matter 5 cups of coffee, although that can be a temporary solution. The long-term answer is good diet, exercise, staying at healthy weight, getting adequate sleep. A therapeutic multivitamin may help if your diet isn't what it should be. ...Read more
What to do if I'm feeling a little bit more active is if I drink an energy drink do any of you know when this will go away?
Too much caffeine: If you are feeling "speedy" its because energy drinks can have very large doses of caffeine, and some people are very sensitive to its effects. Sharply cut down, or (better) stop using these products. Natural energy comes from a combination of adequate sleep, exercise and a healthy diet, not from energy drinks. Caffeine is short-acting and its effects are generally gone by 4-6 hours, 12 at most. ...Read more
I drank one energy drink (80mg of caffeine) while I never had caffeine before? I'm 16 by the way! Is this dangerous?
No more than your: first cup of coffee. And I would find it hard to believe you never had a Coke or Pepsi! Congrats on waiting until 16! There are rare individuals who are highly sensitive to caffeine, and can't sleep, get anxiety attacks, get tremulous after a single cup of coffee. Most people can drink 2-3 servings of caffeinated beverages without problems. High dose energy drinks may be dangerous. ...Read more
Potentially yes: Firstly, if you do not have adequate energy to perform your daily tasks, it is likely that there is something else wrong - diet, exercise, other health problems, and that the way to fix that is to fix that. Secondly, they are mostly caffeine, and excessive caffeine is not good for us, and can cause anxiety, raise blood pressure and pulse, cause insomnia. Very high doses can cause serious harm. ...Read more
Avoid it.: It is not healthy. It has very high sugar and Caffine content. 5 times more than a cup of coffee.It makes you more alert for a short time, but it can cause Arrythmia. You should develop better time management skill and not dependent on energy drink for "energy". It gives false sense of control. You also will get addicted to it. And if mixed with alcohol, can be fatal. ...Read more
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