Alcohol may be becoming unpopular in some Nigerian societies, but energy drinks are becoming popular. Almost everyone who wouldn’t take alcohol in a party would be found taking at least an energy drink.
Energy drinks contain caffeine, taurine, sugar, amino acids and herbal supplements like guarana, ginseng designed to boost your energy and keep you alert. In large quantities, energy drinks can be harmful to your health.
One of the liver’s main functions is to detoxify your body by breaking down chemicals from your food and drink.The kidneys filter your blood and maintain appropriate electrolyte levels. Consuming energy drinks causes your liver and kidney to work harder to keep your internal environment balanced.
A 2011 study by researchers at the University of Miami found that drinking energy drinks has caused kidney and liver damage in adolescents and young adults.
Healthy adults can drink small amounts of energy drinks without experiencing ill effects. In large quantities, however, energy drinks might cause you to develop kidney or liver problems.
A woman last year reported to the Staten Island University Hospital after consuming 10 cans of an energy drink for 14 consecutive days. Doctors concluded that she had jaundice, indicating that her liver was failing.
So, before you consume cans of energy drink the way your unheeding friend consumes several bottles of beer, would you rather think twice?