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HHS HealthBeat (January 10, 2013)

Energy drinks versus energy

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Better Beverage Choices

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

A study indicates energy drinks, which can have the caffeine of up to three cups of coffee, can have a boomerang effect on a person’s ability to stay awake.

At the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Robin Toblin looked at survey data on service members in Afghan war zones. She says those who had at least three energy drinks a day reported falling asleep more often on guard duty and in briefings than did troops who drank fewer.  

Toblin advises troops and civilians alike:

“Use these in moderation, both in the number of drinks someone is having, as well as the size of the container, which can really range from about 8 ounces all the way to 24 ounces.”

The study was in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: January 10, 2013