oh… about those monster energy drinks

energydrinksPretty much every Thursday afternoon I can be found pulling a shift behind the counter at Club East. I’ve been doing it long enough now that I pretty much know what people are going to be getting when I see them walking up the ramp into the cafe. One of my responsibilities is keeping the cooler shelves stocked  and faced with the usual supply of drugs soft drinks, pastry and candy for the next shift.

And one of the things that struck me pretty almost from the beginning was how much Monster® Energy Drink we push sell in a day. I’ll confess right here and now I’ve never imbibed so I’m not writing from a posture of experience. It’s pretty evident, though, that price is no obstacle to the folks who — without hesitation — lay down $2.50 (US) per dose can.

Just for the sake of enlightenment, I googled “monster energy drink side effects” and found a few disturbing facts. The amount of caffeine typically found in these drinks can be the equivalent of 14 cans of cola, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. And according to the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee high carbohydrate and caffeine content in Monster (as well as other energy drinks) can lead to gastrointestinal upset, including diarrhea.

And most notably, Recent research in Australia has highlighted the risks with over-consumption of energy drinks. This data was gathered from 7 years of calls to the Australian Poisons Center. Listed in order of most common to least common:

  1. Palpitations / tachycardia
  2. Tremor / shaking
  3. Agitation / restlessness
  4. Gastrointestinal upset
  5. Chest pain / ischaemia
  6. Dizziness / syncope
  7. Paraesthesia (tingling or numbing of the skin)
  8. Insomnia
  9. Respiratory distress
  10. Headache

So… all of this surely isn’t going to win me any friends at the cafe. On the other hand, maybe we’ll begin to move away our current strategy of getting people unhinged from alcohol or drugs simply to get them addicted to sugar.

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I believe chocolate in virtually any configuration is the finest dessert in the history of mankind. I believe my wife is the sexiest woman in the world. I believe modern capitalism will never be replaced by a different -- or better -- form of economics. I believe in clutch hitting in baseball. I believe the Kimber 1911 .45 ACP is the finest handgun ever made in America. I believe the Mossberg Flex 500 pump-action 12 gauge shotgun is the best home defense ever made in America. I believe Tom Waits is the best songwriter of my generation. I believe unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers. As CS Lewis once beautifully wrote, I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. I believe that, on balance, Christianity has done more good for humans than bad. I believe it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant, With that being said, I believe there is a profound difference between knowledge and wisdom. I believe if I yell at the TV during a Colts game, they will play better. Finally, I believe I am in long-term recovery from a number of deeply rooted issues that supported and drove the various addictions in my life.