Young Man Suffers Heart Failure After Drinking 2 Litres Of Energy Drink Every Day For Two Years

scandal 21/04/2021

A 21-year-old who developed heart failure after drinking only four energy drinks per day over two years is now warning others against them.

The UK man, who is unnamed, was drinking two litres per day before he ended up needing hospital treatment. Doctors wrote the case report on the University student after he sought medical guidance when he was suffering from shortness of breath and weight loss.

He had also experienced indigestion, heart palpitations and tremors for four months prior. Tests revealed that he was suffering from heart and kidney failure. The young man was in hospital for 58 days, with doctors even considering organ transplants at one point in his recovery. Despite returning to normal after nine months, he is still likely to need a kidney transplant.

Doctors at the NHS Foundation Trust concluded that “Energy drink-induced cardiotoxicity was felt to be the most likely cause.”

The patient added his own thoughts about the experience, stating that he “suffered from severe migraine headaches which would often occur during the periods when I did not drink energy drinks; this also restricted my ability to perform day-to-day tasks and even leisurely activities such as going to the park or taking a walk.”

“I was eventually admitted to the intensive care unit.” Adding that the experience was “extremely traumatising.”

Many people have advocated for more awareness around the risks of regularly consuming energy drinks, and the 21-year-old now agrees that legislation should be put in place.

“I believe they are very addictive and far too accessible to young children. I think warning labels, similar to smoking, should be made to illustrate the potential dangers of the ingredients in energy drinks.”

In 2019, New Zealand supermarket chain Countdown placed a ban on anyone under the age of 16 purchasing the products.