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Father sued beverage company: son died after consuming energy drinks
Health experts have been warning about caution when it comes to energy drinks for years. The dangers of caffeinated sweet drinks are particularly serious for young people. In the United States, a teenager died after consuming over two liters of such a product. The father is now suing the beverage manufacturer for damages.
High consumption of energy drinks endangers health
It has long been known that energy drinks are hazardous to health. After high consumption, for example, rapid heartbeat and high blood pressure may occur. A case from the USA also shows that the sugar-sweet drinks pose a risk to the heart. There, a teenager got severe cardiac arrhythmias after excessive consumption of energy drinks and died.
Death after severe irregular heartbeat
Consuming energy drinks can not only lead to complaints such as abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, but can also have more serious consequences.
According to a report by the online portal "TMZ", the 19-year-old Dustin Hood drank three and a half cans (680 milliliters each) of the energy drink "Monster" within 24 hours and then played basketball.
The young man reportedly collapsed and collapsed. He was taken to the hospital where he is said to have died from severe cardiac arrhythmias caused by an overdose of caffeine.
The amount of caffeine contained in the over two liters of the energy drink was approximately the same as that of 14 coke cans (330 ml).
Several deaths have been reported
The incident already happened in 2015. As reported, the father is now demanding an unknown amount of compensation from the Monster Energy Company. He has filed a lawsuit against the company.
This was not the first death to be associated with the drink. A few years ago, 14-year-old Anais Fournier died after two doses of the energy drink.
Both in this case and after the death of the Americans Alex Morris and Shane Felts, agreement was reached on settlement payments of an unknown amount.
Certain groups of people should avoid energy drinks
As the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) writes in a communication, deaths have been described in some case reports after consuming energy drinks, but causality has not been clearly demonstrated.
But “from the BfR's point of view, health risks can arise if energy drinks or energy shots are consumed in large quantities. There are also indications that the simultaneous consumption of energy drinks and higher amounts of alcohol and / or extensive physical activity increase the risk of negative health effects, ”write the experts.
"Certain groups of consumers, such as children, pregnant women, nursing mothers and people sensitive to caffeine, should refrain from consuming such energy drinks," it continues.
In Germany there is a lot of discussion about a possible ban on energy drinks. (ad)