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Toxic Cocktail for the Heart: Booze, Energy Drinks

A 28-year-old consuming 2 energy drinks, multiple beers daily landed in ER

(Newser) - When a 28-year-old guy in otherwise good health got admitted to the ER with an irregular heart rhythm after vomiting blood, doctors were quick to note his beverage habit: two energy drinks and multiple beers every day for months. While the exact mechanism that caused the arrhythmia is unclear, his... More »

College Bans Energy Drinks

Sorry, late-night crammers

(Newser) - Claiming they can lead to dangerous sex and alcohol abuse, Middlebury College in Vermont has banned the sale of energy drinks on campus, NBC News reports. In addition to encouraging "problematic behavior," drinks such as Red Bull and 5 Hour Energy are bad for students' health, according to... More »

Man Drank Himself to Death—With Caffeine

It's the first known case to be reported in Japan

(Newser) - When an unidentified man in his 20s in Kyushu, Japan, died suddenly and inexplicably in the fall of 2014, police ordered an inquest into the cause of his death. Now Dr. Shinichi Kubo, a professor of forensics at Fukuoka University, is announcing that it appears to be the country's... More »

States Tell 5-Hour Energy to Prove Its Ad Claims

Oregon, others request un-redacted documents about energy drink

(Newser) - Do 73% of doctors really recommend 5-Hour Energy? Is it true that you don't "crash" after it's done pepping you up? Is it safe for teenagers? A group of 33 states is dubious, which is why the Oregon Department of Justice has filed legal papers demanding that... More »

Woman Tweets About 30-Hour Workday, Then Dies

Mita Diran was 'going strooong' ... and then she wasn't

(Newser) - It's not just banking : A copywriter for ad agency Young & Rubicam Indonesia collapsed last Saturday and died the next day, and fingers seem to be squarely pointed at two potential culprits: overwork and "Thai Red Bull." As Gawker reports, Mita Diran, who had worked for the... More »

Suit: Red Bull Killed Healthy Man

Cory Terry died of a heart attack after downing energy drink

(Newser) - Cory Terry, 33, had been playing basketball for about 45 minutes on Nov. 8, 2011, when he drank a can of Red Bull—and then felt lightheaded, collapsed, and died of a heart attack. An autopsy found his cause of death was idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy, which can be caused by... More »

New Way to Get a Caffeine Jolt: Spray It On

Startup trying to sell sprayable version

(Newser) - If you like energy drinks but hate the drinking part, then Harvard undergrad Ben Yu and venture capitalist Deven Soni have a product for you. The two are trying to launch a product called "Sprayable Energy," that, you guessed it, gives you a jolt of caffeine straight through... More »

Energy Drinks' Secret Ingredients Don't Work

It's just caffeine, study concludes

(Newser) - There is exactly one ingredient in energy drinks that actually perks you up, a new study suggests: good old caffeine. None of the other ingredients that supposedly give the drinks an edge actually improve alertness, researchers concluded. They gave participants water, water with caffeine, and 5-Hour Energy, and had them... More »

Monster Energy Drinks Sues San Francisco

Fight to limit caffeine, marketing goes to federal court

(Newser) - San Francisco's city attorney wants Monster Beverage to cut down on both the caffeine in its energy drinks and the marketing of them, and the company is fighting back in federal court. Monster sued the office of Dennis Herrera this week, arguing that its drinks are no more harmful... More »

Red Meat, Energy Drinks Share Heart-Disease Culprit

Carnitine ultimately thickens artery walls, study says

(Newser) - Bad news for steak and energy-drink lovers: A new study published in Nature Medicine finds they share a common ingredient that leads to heart disease, the Wall Street Journal reports. Carnitine, a compound that helps the body metabolize fatty acids, is plentiful in red meat and is often found in... More »

Wrigley to Debut Caffeinated Chewing Gum

It will come with a warning label to discourage kids

(Newser) - Energy drinks are old news, friend; the folks of tomorrow will be chewing on energy gum. Or at least, Wrigley hopes so. Next month, the company will begin selling Alert Energy Caffeine Gum, the Wall Street Journal reports. The packaging boasts that every hexagon-shaped piece of Alert contains about half... More »

Soon, Monster Drinks Will Actually Be Drinks

Beverage company is changing its labeling

(Newser) - Thought you were consuming a drink every time you downed a Monster Beverage? Well, you weren't—but soon you will be. Monster Beverage Corp. is changing the labeling on its cans so that its energy drinks will no longer be considered dietary supplements, a move that changes the federal... More »

Experts: Yeah, Red Bull Won't 'Give You Wings'

Little evidence backs up energy drink claims

(Newser) - Bad news, energy drink addicts: There's little actual proof that Red Bull will "give you wings" or that Monster Energy is a "killer energy brew." The wildly popular beverages—they make up the fastest-growing portion of the drink industry—are, when it comes down to it,... More »

5-Hour Energy Mentioned in 13 Deaths

FDA filings follow similar reports on Monster Energy

(Newser) - Over the past four years, 13 death reports filed with the FDA have mentioned 5-Hour Energy as a possible factor, reports the New York Times in a review of FDA records. The caffeine shot has appeared in 90 FDA filings during the period, more than 30 of which were tied... More »

Monster Energy Drinks Killed 5 People: Reports

Company denies responsibility in death of teenage girl

(Newser) - Do Monster Energy drinks have unsafe levels of caffeine? The company's products killed five people over the past year and a sixth in 2009, according to reports submitted by doctors and companies to the FDA. Parents in Maryland have already used the reports in a lawsuit against Monster, America'... More »

Energy Drinks Face Scrutiny in New York

Three producers get subpoenas over marketing claims

(Newser) - New York state's attorney general apparently is a little skeptical about the wonder claims of three popular energy drinks. Eric Schneiderman issued subpoenas to three big players—Monster Beverage; PepsiCo, maker of AMP; and Living Essentials, maker of 5-Hour Energy drink, report the Wall Street Journal and Reuters . The... More »

Starbucks Touts Energy Drink 'Breakthrough'

New Starbucks Refreshers to hit stores tomorrow

(Newser) - Need a gentle pick-me-up for that 3pm slump? Starbucks says its new line of energy drinks, due out in company stores tomorrow, offers a safe energy boost with just a fraction of the caffeine found in coffee, Huffington Post reports. The so-called Starbucks Refreshers will come in three formats: ready... More »

Coke in Talks to Buy Monster

Would be Coke's biggest purchase

(Newser) - Coca-Cola is considering a monster purchase to get a bigger foothold in the world of energy drinks. The largest soft-drink company on the planet is in talks to buy Monster Beverage in what would be its biggest brand acquisition: Monster has a market capitalization of $11 billion, and the company... More »

Next for Starbucks: Energy Drinks

'Refreshers' goes after booming market

(Newser) - First alcohol , then juice , and now Starbucks is getting into yet another non-coffee beverage: energy drinks. The Seattle company told shareholders yesterday it will be coming out with a line of "Refreshers" drinks, which are already available at some grocery locations. The 12-ounce, 60-calorie beverages will include such flavors... More »

Thai Billionaire Behind Red Bull Dead at 89

Chaleo Yoovidhya's parents sold ducks, fruit to survive

(Newser) - The Thai billionaire who sparked the worldwide "energy drink" craze and co-founded Red Bull has died of natural causes in Bangkok, the AP reports. Chaleo Yoovidhya was 89. Born to a Thai mother and Chinese father who sold ducks and fruit to survive, Chaelo died as Thailand's third-richest... More »

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