Energy Drinks: Just Junk Food, or Far Worse?

“All day energy with no side effects!” reads the inscription on one energy drink can. Sounds like everyone’s dream to be full of energy at any time of the day. But are energy drinks really harmless—with no side effects?

Energy drinks are a multi-billion dollar industry, so it can be easy to write them off as “just another” junk food product.  However, the New York Times, Huffington Post, and several agencies have linked these drinks to multiple teen deaths.

A 2011 government study (SAMHSA) reports over 13,000 hospitalizations resulting from over-consumption of energy drinks.  The dangers are multiplied when the drinks are mixed with certain over the counter drugs like Tylenol. In the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo area, students often combine energy drinks with alcohol. The energy drinks keep them awake longer so they can drink more—a very unhealthy combination.

We monitor what our children watch and listen to, because we want them to be safe. Likewise, we can monitor what they consume.

It can be difficult staying informed on what teens are dealing with. For more information on issues like this and others, talk to the counselor at Lost and Found Ministry, Contact us, or stop by at:

111 7th St. So., Moorhead, MN 56560
218-287-2089
www.lostandfoundministry.org

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