Do you have a caffeine addiction? Do you find it hard functioning well without your usual dose of caffeine? If yes, you might be putting yourself in harm’s way.
A recent report coming out of South Carolina, U.S., says a teenage boy died from drinking three caffeinated drinks in less than two hours. The coroner’s report revealed that the teenager died from heart failure even though he had no pre-existing heart problems.
Davis Cripe drank a large Mountain Dew, a McDonald’s latte, and an energy drink in the two hours before he collapsed. It was ruled that he died after his heart fell out of rhythm due to the amount of caffeine ingested into his system over that short period of time.
Schoolmates said the 16-year-old “chugged” the large bottle of energy drink before becoming ill in class. The final drink is believed to have caused the cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) which led to his death an hour later.
The coroner, however, clarified that the speed at which the caffeine was drunk rather than the actual amount drank caused the death.
“The same amount of caffeine on another day may have been right,” said the coroner.
“We believe people need to pay attention to their caffeine intake and how they do it, just as they do with alcohol or cigarettes.”
The dead teen’s father also appealed to parents to talk to their kids about the dangers of energy drinks as he said it left him “brokenhearted”. He further pleaded with young people to be enlightened about caffeine addiction and to stop buying energy drinks.
Mayo Clinic, an American medical research group say that “up to 400 milligrams of caffeine a day appears to be safe for most healthy adults”. 400 milligrams of caffeine is equivalent to around four cups of coffee.
Caffeine generally affects people differently depending on how much caffeine you normally consume.