‘Toxic’ energy drinks leading to problems in kids

The consumption of energy drinks, particularly mixed with alcohol, is rising and doctors need to be vigilant to recognise presentations of caffeine intoxication, withdrawal and dependence, according to WHO researchers who conducted a literature review.

An Australian sleep physician agrees, calling the popular beverage “a toxic substance dressed up as a drink”.

The primary concern with energy drinks is their high caffeine content and its faster uptake by the body compared to coffee – which is often hot and consumed more slowly, said the WHO researchers.