Do Energy Drinks Bring on Mental Illness?
Red Bull may give you more than wings: it can give you symptoms of mental illness. What do the studies say about energy drinks and psychiatric symptoms such as mania, psychosis, and substance abuse? According to several studies featured on PubMed.gov (which I will explain in detail later), energy drinks can cause psychotic breaks, manic episodes, and substance abuse relapse.
A friend of mine from church has a son with bipolar disorder. He began drinking energy drinks and went into a manic episode. A friend from AA told me that the grocery store in her neighborhood recently banned children under 16 from buying energy drinks without a parent's permission because pre-teens were using the drinks to get high.
But you don't have to take my word for it. According to a report titled "Mania induced by high content caffeinated energy drinks", one 31-year-old female graduate student with no psychiatric history began drinking 5 cups of coffee and 3 or 4 energy drinks per day (each energy drink contained 81 mg of caffeine, 202 mg of taurine and 151 mg of glycine). Her job performance improved, and she gradually increased to 5 cups of coffee and 10 energy drinks daily. She began to suffer from decreased need for sleep, positive and negative auditory hallucinations, delusions of grandeur, hyperactivity and aggression.
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