Are Energy Drinks a Health Risk? Cause and Effect Essay

Are Energy Drinks a Health Risk?
This paper examines the long-term effects of energy drinks on college students.
# 116890 | 1,396 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2009 | US

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This paper first describes the mass appeal of energy drinks to students and then examines the history of energy drinks since the introduction of the popular energy drink, Red Bull, in 1997. The major issues examined in this paper are whether or not the negative health risks associated with energy drinks make it worth the advantages that students use them for. The paper lastly discusses how the energy drink companies have grown in recent years and discusses the future of students and energy drinks.

From the Paper:

"Energy drinks should be taken into moderation to avoid the negative side effects of caffeine withdraw. Consuming abundant amounts of caffeine daily affects the body by creating an unhealthy dependency. The amount of caffeine that's needed daily to produce a dependency is labeled at 100 milligrams a day. Most energy drinks have equal or double that amount in just one 16 oz can. Energy drinks are just like any other addictive substance; once you are hooked the levels of tolerance for caffeine increases making it more difficult to maintain the "high" rush. Long extended periods of time without caffeine in a person's system, provided by energy drinks, cause them to exhibit caffeine withdrawal symptoms. Young adults will experience headaches, which are mild to extreme causes, which have been linked to deaths. Other symptoms that may arise include, but are not limited to fatigue, drowsiness, dysphonic mood, difficulty concentrating, depression, irritability, nausea, and muscle aches ([Griffiths et al., 1990] [Juliano and Griffiths, 2004]). Young adults need to be informed on this subject so they can make smarter choices about their health."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Malinauskas, Brenda M., Victor G. Aeby, Reginald F. Overton, Tracy Carpenter-Aeby, and Kimberly Heidal-Barber. "A survey of energy drink consumption patterns among collegestudents." Nutrition Journal 7th ser. 6 (2007): 35-41. Acedemic Search Premier. Web. 29 Sept. 2009. <>.
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