Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Beware of the "Fruity" Alcopops and Energy Drinks

Dr. Cyrus Rangan, a Medical Toxicologist and Assistant Medical Director at the California Poison Control System, warns parents that caffeinated energy drinks should not be given to children and teens. While caffeine is a legal stimulant, a number of these beverages contain more and more caffeine (and pro suas guarana, which is a caffeine relative), and the bottom line is that there are NO studies whatsoever to determine the safety of these products in children.

There's also a buzz about Alcopops. They’re sweet with fruity flavors like “Razzberry” and “Pomegranate Twist.” These are favorites among young teens and middle schoolers. They look like their non-alcoholic counterparts but they are really flavored malt beverages.

Alcopops have roughly the same amount of alcohol as beer, but their high sugar and–in some cases-caffeine content does a great job of masking the flavor and the affect. Teen girls report drinking more alcohol more often than their male peers and the American Medical Association (AMA) points to the popularity of Alcopops or ‘girlie drinks’ as a significant factor behind the shift.

You can learn more about a variety of poison issues by following CPCS on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/iS6S7J and on Twitter @poisoninfo. Sign up for weekly safety text messages to your cell phone by texting TIPS to 69866; and download a free iPhone app, Choose Your Poison, at http://bit.ly/gg9vfG.

CPCS is dedicated to providing residents with the most up-to-date information and 24-hour help in case of poisoning. In case of an accidental poisoning, consumers should immediately call 1-800-222-1222 for advice. Pharmacists, nurses, physician-toxicologists and poison information providers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help.


MommyDigger.com said...

My husband actually accidentally purchased one of the alcohol energy drinks. It looked like a normal ice tea/lemonade mix and in small print it said the alcohol content. He didn't even get carded.

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Mom4Real said...

I appreciate this. I am the mother of a 13 year old boy who wants to drink Monster. I won't allow it, and I am going to have him read this. Visiting and now following via I Love Blog Hopping Hop...hop on over to my blog and follow back if you like! http://mom4realky.blogspot.com

Our Banana Moments said...

Hi, I am a new fan from the hop. Thank you for sharing this very important information.



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