We all want more hours in a day. And for many youths staying up to complete their assignments, energy drinks have become the go-to companion beverage for these late nights. Many of these drinks have an active and cool brand perception, with close associations to adventure sports, and a strong appeal to the young. A 250ml can of an energy drink contains about 80mg of caffeine, and possibly up to 10 teaspoons of sugar. But how much do we know about these highly-caffeinated, sugar-loaded energy drinks? For most who have taken such drinks, the benefit of an added boost of energy is clear. However, over-consumption has been linked to breathlessness, irregular heartbeat and nervousness. In fact, a major supermarket chain in the United Kingdom has banned children under 16 from buying high caffeine energy drinks. Many experts believe that the side effects from over-reliance on energy drinks is a topic that deserves a lot more research.
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