U.S. teen's death after caffeine binge sparks concern over energy drinks

Posted May 18, 2017

A SC coroner ruled this week that a high school student died after ingesting too much caffeine.

"This was not an overdose".

"Davis was a great kid", said Davis' father, Sean Cripe, when describing his late son.

"We don't know who these people are, that are so sensitive to caffeine that drinking two or three cups of coffee or a couple of energy shots can kill them", said Dr. Ganeshram.

Davis was a high school sophomore who found his rhythm while playing the drums.

The Coroner's Office of SC confirmed the death was the result of drinking a large Mountain Dew, McDonald's latte, and an energy drink all within two hours.

So now, in a society already struggling to neutralize an opioid epidemic that's ravaging young adults, we can add another potential killer, which much like drug abuse, can occur by simply abusing a legally purchased substance.

The Chapin, S.C., high school student was a healthy teenager with no pre-existing heart condition, local coroner Gary Watts said Monday in releasing the cause of death. He consumed them in a span of two hours.

Moore also says caffeine with the combination of the stimulants used in tobacco products and cold medicines can cause some unpleasant symptoms, like heart arrhythmia.

In the wake of the teenager's death, physicians urge people to drink caffeine in moderation, according to WJZ-TV. But it wasn't a vehicle crash that took his life.

Dr. Drabowski suggests setting a good example for your kids by avoiding these drinks, and taking this opportunity to show them the dangers they're facing.

A healthy 16-year-old high school boy in the US has died after consuming excessive amount of caffeine-laced drinks, according to a county coroner who has warned that these beverages may be life threatening.

The risk is greatly exacerbated by the stratospheric rise of energy drinks since the turn of the century.

The trade organizations's website says a 250-ml single-serving energy drink contains 80-100 mg of caffeine, while a larger 473-ml can is limited to 180 mg of caffeine. Just to give you an idea of how much caffeine your daily cup of coffee could have, a Starbucks Blonde Roast Venti Coffee has 475 milligrams of caffeine.

That's more than the safe amount of caffeine for a healthy adult throughout an entire day.

Parents usually have a lot to worry about when it comes to their children, but caffeinated beverages aren't usually on that list.

There are tools out there to help you track your caffeine intake. Any underlying health problems, as well as medications or other drugs, can also stimulate a stronger reaction to caffeine. Drinking just 10 cans of a typical energy drink could be fatal, in theory.