Health & Fit When caffeine becomes deadly: How much is too much?

02:51  19 may  2017
02:51  19 may  2017 Source:   CBS News

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Recent death of a teen blamed on too much caffeine raises questions about the stimulant's safety. A major issue is that many people may not realize how much caffeine is in the beverages they consume.

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The recent death of a South Carolina teen blamed on too much caffeine has once again propelled the popular stimulant and questions over its safety into the national spotlight.

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Sixteen-year-old Davis Cripe collapsed last month at his high school and died at a hospital after consuming a large soft drink, a latte and an energy drink over a short period, according to Richland County coroner Gary Watts.

Davis was a healthy and active teen who shunned drugs and alcohol, his parents said.

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Recent death of a teen blamed on too much caffeine raises questions about the stimulant's safety. A major issue is that many people may not realize how much caffeine is in the beverages they consume.

When Does Caffeine Become Deadly ? That's what makes Cripe's story such a tragic reminder of the common sense advice far too many of us forget every day: Be aware of the caffeine you're actually having and give it the chance to work before downing more .

A classmate who was with Davis the day he died said he "basically chugged" an energy drink during class, CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil reports.

"These drinks, this amount of caffeine, how it's ingested can have dire consequences and that's what happened in this case," Watts said.

Watts determined the high school sophomore experienced a "cardiac event" after consuming so much caffeine in less than a two-hour span.

Over the last few years, there have been several highly publicized deaths attributed to caffeine overdoseparticularly in healthy teens and young adults — raising questions about the safety of America's favorite stimulant.

There have also been new challenges for state and federal health officials and lawmakers struggling with how to regulate and control the sales of certain novel, highly caffeinated products, including Four Loko, a caffeine-spiked alcoholic drink which was banned in several states and reformulated under pressure from the FDA in 2010.

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substances in food, caffeine has a long history of safe use, and there is over-whelming scientific evidence that, when consumed in moderation, caf - feine has no adverse health effects (7). How much is too much caffeine ?

There are also fears our children, too , are becoming hooked on caffeine in the form of energy drinks, sales of which are soaring among youngsters. Addiction isn’t the only worry from too much coffee – there is very real evidence that for certain people, caffeine can pose an even more deadly health

Though caffeine itself is of course legal and widely used, caffeine is still a stimulant drug. It is generally very safe for most people, but consuming too much of it can be dangerous.

According to the Mayo Clinic, up to 400 milligrams of caffeine a day appears to be safe for most healthy adults. That's about the amount of caffeine in four cups of brewed coffee, 10 cans of cola or two "energy shot" drinks.

Consuming more than that could start to affect your health.

"You know it when it happens. You start to feel dizzy. You can feel it in your chest," said CBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agus.

A major issue is that many people may not realize how much caffeine is in the beverages they consume.

According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a venti Starbucks Blonde Roast contains 475 mg of caffeine, while a 2 oz. 5-hour Energy Shot contains 200 mg. Most 16 oz. energy drinks, including Monster, Rockstar, and Venom, contain 160 mg.

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The chart below shows how much caffeine is found in a serving size of some common sources of caffeine , according to the Center for Science in the Causes and Risk Factors of Caffeine Overdose. A caffeine overdose occurs when you take in too much caffeine through drinks, foods, or medications.

How much caffeine does it take to become dangerous and possibly lead to caffeine overdose? In most cases, it’s not coffee that causes caffeine overdose but rather a combination of energy drinks, supplements and soft drinks — plus coffee or tea, too .

Agus says energy drinks send more than 20,000 people to the emergency room annually.

"The problem that we're learning is that it's not just caffeine, it's the other stimulants that are in there," he told "CBS This Morning" Tuesday. "In a cup of coffee, you may have [it] over 45 minutes or 60 minutes. These energy drinks you're having all at once. And so all the caffeine give this big peak in the body and that's when bad things happen."

Other ingredients in energy drinks vary, but can include herbal substances, vitamins, sugars, and taurine, an amino acid found in meat and fish.

In 2012, the FDA announced it was investigating five deaths linked to Monster Energy Drinks.

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against children and teens drinking energy drinks of any kind.

CBS News contacted the American Beverage Association, which represents the makers of almost all energy drinks sold in America, and they referred us to their fact sheet on caffeine. The trade group says energy drinks can be safely consumed in moderation.

The anti-caffeine cabal has long been hopped up on the idea that coffee will kill you, but a growing body of research shows caffeine may actually do all kinds of pleasant things like lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, reduce the risk of gallstones and help with colon cancer. That's according to the Harvard School of Medicine.Moreover, moderate coffee drinking has been linked to reduced heart disease, according to a new study published in the medical journal of the American Heart Association.Of course, java juice isn't for everyone. Some people get increased anxiety and hand shakes. And everyone has to go to the bathroom.: skullsncoffee.jpg© Credit: CBSNews skullsncoffee.jpg

When caffeine becomes deadly: How much is too much? .
The recent death of a teen blamed on too much caffeine raises questions about the stimulant's safety.The recent death of a South Carolina teen blamed on too much caffeine has once again propelled the popular stimulant and questions over its safety into the national spotlight.

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