Health implications of consuming energy drinks needs to be examined
Fine Gael Wexford Senator, Michael D’Arcy, has called for a debate to be held in the Seanad next week on the danger of consuming high energy drinks in advance of or during sporting activity.
“The case of a young man who collapsed after a match was recently brought to my attention. It was determined that were a number of contributory factors which lead to the collapse, including fatigue and dehydration. However, the most crucial factor was said to be the consumption of a high energy drink by the young man prior to the match.
“While the effects that these drinks have on the body have been well documented, in terms of increasing alertness and mental stimulation, there is insufficient awareness of the dangers on their consumption can have.
“I am told by people in the sports field that in certain circumstances consuming energy drinks prior to a match, or any physically demanding activity, can be very dangerous. I am calling for a debate to be held in the Seanad on the issue, and for an official from the Department of Health to be invited to address the House before it rises.
“Careful examination of the health implication associated with these energy drinks needs to be examined, so that our young people, and indeed people of all ages, are made fully aware of how they are being impacted as a result of drinking high energy beverages, especially while fatigued or dehydrated. In the interest of determining the full extent of what we are dealing with, and increasing awareness on the part of those who sell and consume such products, a debate on the issue should be facilitated by the House.”