August 1, 2016 — A Florida-based law firm has voluntarily dismissed two lawsuits alleging that Monster energy drinks contain dangerous amounts of caffeine.
The law firm claimed two 16-oz cans of Monster Energy contained a “lethal dose” of caffeine and that “overconsumption of energy drinks has led to heart attacks, strokes and even death.”
Each drink contains 160-mg of caffeine. In comparison, one Starbucks grande coffee contains 330-mg of caffeine.
The difference is that energy drinks are marketed toward teenagers, who can quickly consume too much caffeine without realizing it.
Studies have found that energy drink abuse among teens increases the risk of cardiac events, especially among those with pre-existing heart problems. The risk may also increase when energy drinks are consumed before sports practice, or combined with drugs or alcohol.
Drinking more than one energy drink per day can overstimulate the nervous system and cause hyperactivity. High levels of caffeine can also increase blood pressure and heart rate. Caffeine toxicity can result in seizures, psychosis, cardiac arrhythmias, and even death.
According to a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia:
“Consumers are likely to be unaware of the variation in chemical composition and caffeine dosage in energy drinks, and with little or no warnings on products, the potential for overdose and poisoning remains ever-present.”
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