Experts are warning soldiers are prone to the negative effects of over-consuming energy drinks.
The U.S. Department of Defense has issued a stark warning to U.S. soldiers about the over-consumption of energy drinks and the potential damage they can do to the body.
Military officials have questioned the rise in troops opting to consume energy drinks over water while out on active service due to the high levels of caffeine. A survey collecting data from soldiers involved in 2010’s Operation Enduring Freedom found almost 45 percent were drinking at least one energy drink a day while 14 percent were found to drink up to three per day.
However, despite giving soldiers a much-needed boost in energy, the high caffein content could do more damage than good in the long-run causing serious negative effects such as insomnia, racing heartbeat, restlessness and irritability as well as negative effects on the muscles including tremors.
Operating bases in war zones across Iraq and Afghanistan maintain large stocks of the caffeinated beverage making it easy for soldiers to quench their thirst. Popular brand, Rip It also uses military ties to promote their drink according to a report by CNN using quotes saying their drink “has been tested on the battlefield and is a favorite of our troops.”
Experts warn that drinking a caffeinated drink that contains more than 200 milligrams should be avoided along with its high sugar content, drinking energy drinks can allow someone to easily go over the recommended safe limit of daily sugar, again causing negative effects on the body.
The concern for servicemen is, while needing to keep alert, the regular or over-consumption of these high-caffeinated drinks could lead to long-term tiredness, lack of judgement and allowing them to be open to more danger.