Study: Energy drinks can cause health problems in teens

WOODBURY - A new study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics says that energy drinks can cause major health problems in young adults.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, drinks such as Red Bull, Monster and Amp contain up to 12 times the amount of caffeine found in a regular can of soda. Doctors say that can lead to heart palpitations, seizures and anxiety.

Dr. Steven Walerstein, the vice president of medical affairs at Nassau University Medical Center, says that in severe cases, the high caffeine content can also lead to lethal cardiac disturbances and sudden death.

The energy-boosting beverages are often a popular choice among Long Island high school students, but many say that after hearing the possible side effects, they will be making some changes.

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