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Energy Drinks Tied To Emergency Room Visits

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By Brittany Cooper

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV) A new government study finds the number of emergency room visits tied to energy drinks has doubled since 2007.

From 2007 to 2011, the government estimates the number of E.R. visits involving these drinks jumped from 10,000 to more than 20,000 cases.

Most of the patients were in their teens or they were young adults. This is according to a survey of the nation's hospitals by the Substance Sbuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

More than half of those patients mentioned in the survey said they had downed only energy drinks.

But how dangerous are they? Two senators are calling for the Food and Drug Administration to investigate safety concerns.

"I think energy drinks are not really dangerous if taken in moderation. They have large amounts of vitamins and other things to excite your system, and as long as it's done in moderation, there should be no problem," adds Charles Reigh.

The energy drink industry considered its drinks to be safe and there is no proof linking products to the adverse reactions.

In 2011, sales for energy drinks increased by nearly 17%.




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