With so many people drinking these beverages, you'd think a lot more people would be dying. Certainly, many have reported feeling ill after drinking these products. Any product consumed in inordinate amounts can adversely affect your health. Common sense is needed. The products in question here will not likely be taken off the market because injuries are not likely to occur when the product is consumed per the label recommendation. The manufacturer of 5-Hour Energy recommends not to drink more than two bottles per day spaced several hours apart. Those who've never tried this product should drink only half a bottle and wait 10 minutes before drinking the rest. Those sensitive to the effects of caffeine should consult their doctor before drinking "energy" drinks.
"Energy" drinks are not going away anytime soon since the demand is large for these products. Unfortunately the people who usually drink "energy" beverages are the ones who tend to be sedentary and feel they need a boost of energy. The boost of energy from imbibing these drinks is short-lasting whereas the energy resulting from exercise lasts much longer and is the better alternative. Best of all: exercise costs nothing! Keep in mind that these drinks are not an alternative to rest or sleep. Forcing your body to stay alert when it requires sleep is certainly not healthy.
Brian Danley, CFT
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."