Depending who you believe, energy drinks are completely safe to drink and there is no problem whatsoever. On the other hand, it may be a challenge to get some people to believe energy drinks are safe when they are linked to cardiovascular challenges and health issues with young adults and older people alike. Learn more about the nature of energy drinks and whether they are safe.

Issues of Sudden Death

High doses of caffeine can cause heart arrythmias to occur. The heart is a pump, designed with lots of valves and pressure that needs to work in sync to keep the heart going. The heart has no backup system when it stops. Unlike a kidney that starts to go out, the other one can compensate (for a time), just like the lungs. However, the issue with energy drinks is that they can cause a fully functioning heart to just stop when it gets out of whack because of the chemicals in the drinks. Young people are especially vulnerable to the issues of energy drinks causing health concerns, even sudden death.

Why People Drink Them

Most of the reason why people drink energy drinks is marketing. The system that promotes these drinks pushes them out to younger people who love them for the energy they get off them, like a high. They get a ‘buzz’ and feel improved performance but also have to come down off them later. Caffeine is very potent in high doses, which is what keeps people feeling energized and up all night studying (or partying). Sleep cycles can get messed up and relaxation drinks are needed to come back down again and rest. These ‘come down drugs’ are also known as alcohol and cocaine. They make a person jittery and anxious, along with addiction coming into play.


Caffeine can become addictive in high doses, whether it comes from coffee or energy drinks. Coffee is preferable for many over energy drinks, but

the effect may be the same. Energy drinks have higher doses of concentrated caffeine that go straight into a person’s bloodstream and cause their heart to feel overloaded in time. People are better off energizing themselves through healthy means and staying away from too much caffeine. This goes also for addiction potential of energy drinks, with high sugar contents, and their desirability to keep young people going for hours. The best alternatives for natural caffeine boost is to do yoga, meditation, nature walks, or spend time with friends doing sober activities. Living well might mean different things for different people, but, ultimately, it means finding a way to have a healthy alternative to drinking too much caffeine, soda, or pursuing other activities that are less than desirable for your overall health. This can help you navigate life better in recovery and support your focus on holistic health practices rather than trading one addiction for another.

Trading one addiction for another, whether it is caffeine or something else, can be detrimental to your mental and physical health. If you are struggling with addiction, we are here to help. For more information sober living programs for men and women as well as recovery programs, call (877) 377-3702.