Street Safe Teens: Teens and energy drinks

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Energy drinks are popular among teens, with Red Bull and Monster among the better known brands.

Blue Ridge Poison Center Medical Director Chris Holstege says while the drinks are safe in limited amounts for most people, there are some associated risks for teens.

"There is a potential of drug interactions, of problems with pre-existing health problems that if I'm taking a large amount of caffeine or to rev up could have adverse consequences," said Holstege.

He said if teens do consume energy drinks, they should stick to brands made in the United States under FDA guidelines so they have good quality control.

"What you see on the label is what you're getting," he said.

And he says teens should not only limit how much they consume, but also when they consume it. He said he frequently sees students who have consumed a large quantity of energy drinks to cram for a test, then find themselves wide awake late at night.

"You're not going to be able to go to sleep right away," Holstege said. "So you want to time your caffeine consumption so you're not taking a lot of caffeine just before bed if you want to get really good sleep."

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