Founded in 2004, The McShin Foundation is Virginia's leading non-profit, full service community organization. We are committed to serving individuals and families in their fight against substance abuse and are changing lives in this process.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Energy drinks are not allowed at McShin Foundation headquarters. Clients are fee'd every time we catch someone with an energy drink on church property. We are allowed to drink coffee. So what's the big deal? Maybe this will enlighten you:
At first glance, energy drinks seem like a great idea—they give you increased energy without sleep—but be careful. A fast-growing number of people are ending up in the emergency room because of them, according to a new report.
In 2011, there were 20,783 ER visits because of energy drinks. That’s enough people to fill half of the average Major League Baseball stadium.
42% of those visits involved the mix of energy drinks with alcohol or other drugs.
The other 58% of visits resulted from negative reactions to energy drinks alone. Reactions to the large amount of caffeine included insomnia, headache, fast heartbeat, and seizures.
Most of these ER visitors were young adults age 18–25; however about 1,500 were teens (age 12–17).