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Two States Sue Makers Of 5-Hour Energy With Claims Of Deceptive Advertising

Both Oregon and Washington State filed lawsuits against the makers of 5-Hour Energy, alleging that the company has engaged in deceptive advertising tied to the ingredients in its drink. Other states are expected to follow suit, pun intended and totally appropriate in this case. [More]

Sunny Delight Now Has An Energy Drink For Teens

Sunny Delight Now Has An Energy Drink For Teens

If you’re like most Americans, you spent many of your formative years drinking sugary vitamin-laced beverages: a childhood littered with Capri Sun packets and Sunny D bottles. If you’d like to revisit that time, Sunny Delight is now available as a caffeine-free canned energy drink. No, really. [More]

Forget Energy Drinks — New Study Says Kids Are Downing More Coffee Than Before

Forget Energy Drinks — New Study Says Kids Are Downing More Coffee Than Before

While the media and health officials have been keeping a beady eye fixed on energy drink consumption in young people, it seems a dark horse is riding toward the front of the caffeinated pack: that old stand-by, coffee. A new study says teens get a lot more caffeine from coffee drinks than they had in the past. [More]

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Energy Drink Drinkers Concerned About Safety, Drink Them Anyway

You know when something’s probably bad for you, but you do it anyway? Energy shot and drink consumers certainly fall into that category now, according to one new bit of research, anyway. [More]

Study: Energy Drinks May Force Your Heart To Contract Faster

Study: Energy Drinks May Force Your Heart To Contract Faster

Most of the headlines we come across and pass along to you fine folk that involve energy drinks are usually not of the good kind. And here comes another media blast warning us that energy drinks are perhaps not something you want to ingest: A new study from a team of cardiac radiologists says when you guzzle an energy drink, it prompts your heart to contract a lot faster than it was before you tipped your head back. [More]

Family Sues Red Bull For $85 Million, Blaming Man’s Death On The Energy Drink

Family Sues Red Bull For $85 Million, Blaming Man’s Death On The Energy Drink

In what could be the first wrongful death lawsuit against the company, a man’s family is suing Red Bull, claiming the caffeinated beverage is to blame for his death in 2011. He died during a basketball game after drinking a Red Bull, and for that his family is seeking $85 million in the lawsuit filed today in New York City. [More]

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Study: All Those Special Ingredients In Energy Drinks Don’t Do A Darn Tootin’ Thing

You’re sleepy, you’re drooping, you need something to perk you up and make you pay attention. Oh look, there’s an energy drink touting a long list of “special” ingredients — that must be the magic answer? Well, not really, says one study: Even though energy drink makers might brag about awakeamine, dontfallasleepaurite or other “special” proprietary concoctions designed to keep you peppy, energy drinks don’t work any better than ordinary caffeine at helping people pay attention. [More]

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Lawmakers Call Out Energy Drink Makers For Inconsistent Labeling, Shady Marketing Practices

Despite repeated reassurances to the public that their energy drinks are safe and not marketed to kids, a group of lawmakers is calling the manufacturers of those drinks out for a variety of concerns listed in a new report. From labeling practices to potentially unsafe amounts of caffeine, the report details widespread labeling inconsistencies, questionable marketing practices and how much caffeine is in those beverages. [More]

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Monster Energy Drinks Will Now Be Sold As Beverages Instead Of Dietary Supplements

In response to all the controversy surrounding the potential negative health effects of all kinds of energy drinks, Monster Energy Corp. is retooling its marketing: Instead of hawking them as dietary supplements, claims which have been questioned by federal regulators, the drinks will now be sold as beverages. [More]

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Monster Says There’s No Proof Caffeine Killed Teen Girl

Last year, a woman in Maryland sued Monster Beverage, alleging that the energy drink caused her 14-year-old daughter to die of caffeine toxicity. However, the Monster folks claim this allegation can’t be proven because the medical examiner did not test the teen’s blood. [More]

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Study: 20,000 Trips To The Emergency Room In 2011 Linked To Consumption Of Energy Drinks

Following on the heels of reports linking ill health effects to energy drinks like Monster and 5-Hour Energy, a new government study says those beverages are “a rising public health problem,” and have been linked to 20,000 visits to emergency rooms around the country. [More]

More Experts Call BS On Supposed Benefits Of Energy Drinks

More Experts Call BS On Supposed Benefits Of Energy Drinks

The highly caffeinated “energy drink” market has been surging in recent years, as the makers of these beverages make claims that their products aren’t just substitutes for coffee or tea. But a growing number of researchers are saying that energy drinks are nothing special. [More]

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5-Hour Energy Cited In Reports Of 13 Deaths

Only a few weeks after it was revealed that FDA incident reports linked Monster Energy drink to five deaths in recent years, it’s come out that the heavily advertised 5-Hour Energy “shots” have been cited in 13 deaths and dozens of hospitalizations since 2009. [More]

Relaxation Drinks: For When You Need To Come Down From That Energy Drink High

Relaxation Drinks: For When You Need To Come Down From That Energy Drink High

If caffeine-infused energy drinks get you going when you need a boost, can relaxation drinks spiked with melatonin or lemongrass calm you down? Companies selling drinks like Just Chill and Dream Water hope so, and they’re anything but relaxed about it. [More]

The Dangers Of Over-Caffeination

The Dangers Of Over-Caffeination

It’s tempting to gulp down coffee and energy drinks in order to snap out of a dreary funk, but there’s a price to pay for your added energy and alertness. High levels of caffeine tend to come with side effects. [More]

Lawsuit: Man's Monster Energy Drink Flavored With Dead Mouse

Lawsuit: Man's Monster Energy Drink Flavored With Dead Mouse

A man in Washington state hasn’t consumed a beverage from a can in more than a year. It’s hard to blame him: he claims that more than a year ago, he discovered a mouse at the bottom of his Monster energy drink. Now he’s suing Hansen Beverage Company, the maker of Monster. His lawyer and Monster’s insurer ran tests, and independent lab results prove the mouse’s identity. [More]

Man Dies After Ingesting Enough Caffeine For 70 Energy Drinks

Man Dies After Ingesting Enough Caffeine For 70 Energy Drinks

A 23-year-old man in the UK has passed away after he reportedly ingested “spoonfuls” of powdered caffeine at a party. [More]

Monster Energy Trains Legal Guns On Beverage Review Website

Monster Energy Trains Legal Guns On Beverage Review Website

When you’re working on developing a reputation as a trademark bully, it’s good to go after multiple targets. We guess that’s why the website BevReview.com has received notice that it should remove any advertisement and sale of Monster Energy drinks from its site. The only problem is, it doesn’t advertise or sell drinks—it reviews them. And it didn’t give Monster Energy a good review.