The US military warned against the over consumption of energy drinks specially to the troops on the field. They say that energy drinks could do “some serious harm to your body.”
Pentagon’s official science blog details the health risk of consuming multiple energy drinks a day. The post warns of the health risk citing a report which found that soldiers on the field were more likely to fall asleep while on duty if they drink more than one beverage in a day. The study was conducted by the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.
The findings which was released by the institute titled: “Energy drink consumption and its association with sleep problems among US service members on a combat deployment,” had analyzed the data from 1,000 soldiers stationed in Afghanistan in 2010.
The findings show that that 45 percent of the soldiers deployed in the field consumed at least one energy drink in a day. 14 percent of the subjects on the other hand consumed at least three or more energy drinks daily.
According to the report: “These products generally are unregulated and can have negative side effects. Those who drank three or more drinks a day also were more likely to report sleep disruption related to stress and illness and were more likely to fall asleep during briefings or on guard duty.”
Soldiers on the field worldwide have grown accustomed to energy drinks. Forward operating bases particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan maintains large inventories of these beverages.
The most common brand used by the military is Rip It. The beverage company is actively supporting military units like the USO. Their military connection is highlighted in the company’s online marketing. Their website’s marketing handle says: “Has been tested on the battlefield and is a favorite of our troops.”
No Concrete Findings as of Now
The Defense Department science blog also indicate that there are still no concrete findings of effects of the over consumption. According to Dr. Patricia Deuster, director of the Consortium for Health and Military Performance at the Uniformed Services University said: “doctors don’t know what the effects of (energy drink) ingredients are in larger doses. I don’t think anybody has an answer on the long term effects question.”