Halifax. The popularity and increased use of caffeinated beverages among our youth is a growing concern for physicians.
It can be easy to over-consume caffeine since many beverages contain above the recommended maximum daily consumption. Some energy drinks contain 360 milligrams of caffeine, more than twice the recommended daily intake.
While many people believe caffeinated beverages will provide increased energy and alertness, there are many risks linked to using them.
Health Canada reports that too much caffeine can result in electrolyte disturbances, which may cause nausea and vomiting and/or heart irregularities. A small amount of caffeine could also cause sleeping problems, headaches, irritability and nervousness.
Making these drinks less available to youth may help reduce the risk of excessive caffeine consumption.
Jane Brooks, President, Doctors Nova Scotia, HALIFAX
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