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South Carolina 16-year-old dies from caffeine

  • The apparent caffeine-related death of a South Carolina teen has raised questions among health experts about exactly how much caffeine it takes to take a person’s life.
  • Sixteen-year-old Davis Allen Cripe died at a local hospital in Richland County, South Carolina, on April 26.
  • According to USA Today, authorities said the teen had consumed a McDonald’s Cafe Latte, a large diet Mountain Dew and an unknown energy drink over the course of two hours before collapsing in a local high school classroom that day, according to multiple sources.
  • On Monday, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts confirmed Cripe’s cause of death as a “caffeine-induced cardiac event causing a probable arrhythmia,” USA Today reported.
  • How much caffeine does it take to kill? The fatal effects of the stimulant drug vary depending on one’s weight, but emergency room physician Robert Glatter of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City told USA Today that a person could die by consuming just one teaspoon of pure powdered caffeine.
  • “The recommended dose of powdered caffeine in this form is just 1/16th of a teaspoon,” Glatter said.
  • It would take 50-100 cups of coffee to produce the same lethal effects, according to Glatter, who also noted that children should limit caffeine consumption and that adults should avoid mixing caffeine and alcohol, according to USA Today. Read more (5/16/17)

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So I did a very reckless and dangerous experiment where I bought as many different energy drinks as I could, explained to the cashier that I was going to drink them one after the other all in the same day and review them (frightening her into thinking I might die), and then filmed it all for you to see and then never ever repeat because wow this was a horrible experience. I had to go back a week or two later to the shops to make sure the cashier didn’t fear I had actually died.

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