Most of us take energy drinks very lightly. We seem to be under the impression that these are harmless substances, which we can use any way we like. Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that the drinks are usually marketed through the same channels as soft drinks. So many of us come to assume that they are just ‘another variety of soft drinks.’ And soft drinks are, well, just soft drinks. You take as much as you wish. Only your appetite (and means) put a limit to how much of them you can actually take.
The truth of the matter, however, is that energy drinks are much more potent substances than soft drinks. Some of them, in terms of potency (taking into consideration the ingredients that go into their making and the relative concentration of the ingredients), are more potent than some products we take in the name of ‘medications.’ All this makes it necessary for us to take some precautions when using the energy drinks.
One of the precautions that are necessary, with regard to these drinks, is to ensure that you don’t overdose on them. The idea of there being something like an energy drink overdose may be coming as news to many of us – but that is indeed the real position. Take note, that there have been cases where people have suffered major health problems arising from energy drink overdoses. On the product packing, you will tend to find instructions on how much of the energy drink you can use in a single day. You can only ignore those instructions at your own peril. Unfortunately, under the impression that these are just another fancy variety of soft drinks, we don’t tend to read such labels. After all, who needs instructions for taking soft drinks? But as mentioned, some of these are highly potent substances whose overdoses can be extremely harmful. The risks you stand to suffer from an overdose of these drinks range from simple things such as euphoria, followed by irritability and headaches (in case of caffeine based drinks), to terrible things such as stomach upsets, a paradoxical body weakness effect, seizures or even comas in the worst case scenarios.
Needless, you need to keep these energy drinks away from the reach of young children. This is something you can only do once you get to appreciate the real potency of the drinks.
Having appreciated the real potency of the drinks, you may not need someone to remind you of the importance of reading through the instructions for usage found on the packaging.
And as with all products, you definitely need to ensure that the energy drinks you make use of are not past their expiry date.