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Energy drinks: health risks and toxicity

Amy E Pennay and Dan I Lubman
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (7): 442. || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10211
Published online: 16 April 2012

To the Editor: In their analysis of caffeine toxicity related to energy drinks, Gunja and Brown identified that nearly one-quarter of calls concerning recreational use of energy drinks made to an Australian poisons centre reported co-ingestion of alcohol.1 While combining alcohol with energy drinks has been popular in Western countries since the early 2000s, there remains a dearth of research in this area, with no Australian data available on its prevalence,2 and only one Australian qualitative study has been published.3

  • Amy E Pennay1
  • Dan I Lubman1,2

  • 1 Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.


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