Caffeine consumption has seen a rapid increase among people especially among children and youngsters but goes unnoticed. Caffeine finds its use in sodas such as Pepsi, Coca Cola, energy-drinks like Red bull and coffee, where, on the ingredients listing, it is designated as a flavoring agent. Addictive potential of caffeine has long been reported, still there is lack of awareness about caffeine abuse.
Teen dies of too much caffeine
In a tragic incident, too much caffeine caused the death of a 16-year-old high school student from US’ South Carolina state who collapsed during class last month, according to a county coroner on Wednesday, 6 April 2017.
During an arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm, the heart may not be able to pump enough blood to the body, and lack of blood flow affects the brain, heart and other organs, reported CNN.
Reportedly, the teenager consumed three caffeine-laced drinks — a cafe latte purchased from McDonald’s, large Diet Mountain Dew and an energy drink — in a two-hour period before collapsing in his classroom at Spring Hill High School.
Caffeine is not coffee if you think
Caffeine is a commonplace central nervous system stimulant drug which occurs in nature as part of the coffee, tea, yerba mate and other plants. Caffeine is also added to sodas such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi, where on the ingredients listing, it is designated as a flavoring agent, due to pure caffeine powder having a bitter flavour.
Studies have demonstrated that people who take in a minimum of 100 mg of caffeine per day (about the amount in one cup of coffee) can acquire a physical dependence that would trigger withdrawal symptoms that include headaches, muscle pain and stiffness, lethargy, nausea, vomiting, depressed mood, and marked irritability.
Widely variable caffeine containing products are available but caffeine content or its safety limit is not mentioned on caffeine products in India. Due to harmful consequences, legal availability to children, growing consumption of caffeine products, it is utmost essential to recognize caffeine as addictive substance and impose regulatory measures on sale, advertisement, maximum caffeine content, health consequences and safety limits of caffeine containing products. Further school teachers, parents and medical practitioners need to be made aware of health hazards of caffeine.