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Put Down the Red Bull–No, Really


Put Down the Red Bull–No, Really

A new study links energy drinks to liver damage.

If you can’t stand the bitter taste of coffee, energy drinks are the perfect go-to for late nights studying or midnight movie premieres. I mean, how else are you supposed to pull an all-nighter. Right?

New findings would argue: WRONG. Even though a Monster may pair perfectly with your Cool Ranch Doritos, a new study says that energy drinks can essentially destroy your liver.

The case study involves a man who drank five energy drinks every single day for three week. He eventually developed hepatitis, nausea, abdominal pain, dark urine, and vomiting; once his eyes and skin turned yellow (ick!) he went to the ER (thinking it was the flu) and was treated for a severe liver infection. His symptoms went away as soon as he stopped his energy drink intake.

It isn’t the caffeine that causes the damage, but the viamin B3 levels. In other words, other caffeinated drinks are fine–or, at the very least, a little bit better.

We already knew energy drinks have a few too many similarities to cocaine, so this is just another reason to give your local Starbucks a try. I recommend the Peppermint Mocha. It’s a delight.

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