Energy Drinks and Caffeine-Related Adverse Effects

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IN 1911, UNDER AUTHORITY GRANTED BY THE RECENTLY enacted Food and Drug Act, US agents seized 40 kegs and 20 barrels of Coca-Cola syrup in Chattanooga, Ten- nessee.1,2 The group, led by chief chemist Harvey Wi- ley, considered the caffeine in Coca-Cola to be a significant public health hazard (both cocaine and alcohol had been removed from the recipe in the previous decade). The case continued for years. Eventually Coca-Cola decreased the caf- feine content in this product and legal action was dropped.3

In 2012, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is again investigating a caffeine-containing product, the “energy drink,” because of safety concerns. Several types of these caffeinated drinks are linked to unexpected deaths in ap- parently healthy persons, raising calls for closer scrutiny and possible regulation. 


Sobre a UNIAD

A Unidade de Pesquisa em álcool e Drogas (UNIAD) foi fundada em 1994 pelo Prof. Dr. Ronaldo Laranjeira e John Dunn, recém-chegados da Inglaterra. A criação contou, na época, com o apoio do Departamento de Psiquiatria da UNIFESP. Inicialmente (1994-1996) funcionou dentro do Complexo Hospital São Paulo, com o objetivo de atender funcionários dependentes.


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