The family of a 14-year-old Maryland girl who died of cardiac arrest after drinking two cans of Monster Energy, is suing the company. Each 0.7
liter can of Monster Energy contains 480 milligrams of caffeine, or the equivalent of 14 cans of Coca-Cola. Unlike for sodas, there are no laws
regulating how much caffeine can go into energy drinks. Anais Fournier reportedly had what is usually a harmless heart condition, called mitral valve
prolapse, which is common in as many as one in 10 people.
Unfortunately it was only a matter of time before this happened, and to be honest I'm surprised it's not more common. This energy drink craze that's
mainly taken over a large percentage of high school students really needs to stop. People are unaware how dangerous large doses of caffeine can be and
often drink quite a lot of this stuff every day, it doesn't serve a real purpose, it's just a craze that's being taken advantage of by the companies
producing them. It seems that every time I see the cans in the shop they have gotten bigger. Personally I don't think they should be on the shelves,
or they should have a much smaller caffeine content and come in sensibly sized cans at the very least.
One in ten is quite a lot, but large quantities of caffeine isn't just dangerous to people with this heart condition, a lot of caffeine is dangerous
for anyone. People need to know how dangerous it can be and either cut down or completely stop drinking them like I did while I was still in school,
fortunately quite early on.
I believe they do have a warning on the can telling people not to drink more than one can a day (or two on the smaller ones), but it should be made a
lot clearer to both students and their parents.
I've focused on students because it is mainly students that drink them, but a lot of adults do as well.
For comparison, one can (480mg of caffeine) is equal to about 8-10 cups of coffee (varies), 14 cans of coke or 4.8 caffeine tablets.
Edit: Just for the record, I am not denying that she should have known better.
edit on 22-10-2012 by SpearMint because: (no reason