Energy Drinks Pose Risks to Teens, Study Finds

Says highly caffeinated beverages can cause heart problems, especially when combined with alcohol

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Dr. Sean Patrick Nordt, director of the section of toxicology at University of Southern California, offered a milder perspective on the danger of the drinks, saying they appear to be "relatively safe," especially if someone only drinks one or two.

Still, he said, they are potentially dangerous to some people and "should be viewed as more like medication than beverages." In particular, he said, they shouldn't be combined with alcohol, illegal drugs or drugs.

More information

For more on the dangers of combining energy drinks and alcohol, try the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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