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The “High” Risk of Energy Drinks

The “High” Risk of Energy Drinks COMMENTARY ONLINE FIRST levels comparable to that of some energy drinks, coffee is Amelia M. Arria, PhD usually consumed hot and therefore more slowly. A major Mary Claire O’Brien, MD challenge for health professionals and researchers is the heterogeneity of the numerous energy drink products avail- HE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA) AN- able; also the industry is largely unregulated. nouncement on November 17, 2010, that caffeine Energy drink use is highly prevalent, constituting a is an unsafe food additive to alcoholic beverages will $5.4 billion market in 2006 in the United States alone. A Teffectively make several “premixed” alcoholic en- trip to any college campus would reveal that energy drinks ergy drinks prohibited for sale in the United States. Addi- have become enmeshed in the subculture of partying on US tionally, the Federal Trade Commission has notified manu- college campuses because of the simultaneous consump- 3-6 facturers that they are engaged in the potential illegal tion of energy drinks with alcoholic beverages. Energy marketing of unsafe alcoholic drinks. These rulings have been drinks are also popular among non–college-attending adults. regarded by some as a welcome response to an increasing Research shows that energy drink consumption is poten- public http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

The “High” Risk of Energy Drinks

JAMA , Volume 305 (6) – Feb 9, 2011

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American Medical Association
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Copyright 2011 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.2011.109
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21266673
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Abstract

COMMENTARY ONLINE FIRST levels comparable to that of some energy drinks, coffee is Amelia M. Arria, PhD usually consumed hot and therefore more slowly. A major Mary Claire O’Brien, MD challenge for health professionals and researchers is the heterogeneity of the numerous energy drink products avail- HE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA) AN- able; also the industry is largely unregulated. nouncement on November 17, 2010, that caffeine Energy drink use is highly prevalent, constituting a is an unsafe food additive to alcoholic beverages will $5.4 billion market in 2006 in the United States alone. A Teffectively make several “premixed” alcoholic en- trip to any college campus would reveal that energy drinks ergy drinks prohibited for sale in the United States. Addi- have become enmeshed in the subculture of partying on US tionally, the Federal Trade Commission has notified manu- college campuses because of the simultaneous consump- 3-6 facturers that they are engaged in the potential illegal tion of energy drinks with alcoholic beverages. Energy marketing of unsafe alcoholic drinks. These rulings have been drinks are also popular among non–college-attending adults. regarded by some as a welcome response to an increasing Research shows that energy drink consumption is poten- public

Journal

JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Feb 9, 2011

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