News

December 6, 2012

Death totals have some students spurning energy drinks

More articles by »
Written by: Meir Zimmerman
Tags: ,
5-hour ENERGY shots are sold inside the QC bookstore. Photo by Aliza Chasan

While many students are relying heavily on the consumption of 5-hour ENERGY shots and other highly caffeinated drinks to pull all-nighters, the beverages have possible involvement in 18 deaths, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Just weeks after the FDA found that Monster Energy was possibly associated to five deaths, 5-hour ENERGY has come under similar fire. The company is cited for 13 deaths and one case of a spontaneous abortion during the past four years, says a report from The News York Times published last week.

5-hour ENERGY shots are sold inside the QC bookstore. Photo by Aliza Chasan

With finals week steadily approaching, many students tend to rely on highly caffeinated products to get through their work. The recent reports have some students wondering what they are consuming.

“It scares me that I don’t know what sort of crap is in that 5-hour ENERGY stuff,” said Isaac Epstein, a Queens College graduate student. “You can’t even read half the ingredients on the label, so of course it concerns me.”

“It would definitely deter me from resorting to energy drinks in the future,” said junior, Jason Sobin.

Chartwells, the campus food provider, is against energy drinks and does not carry them at their locations around campus. However, the QC bookstore does sell 5-hour ENERGY shots.

There are some students who, despite the recent reports, will continue to guzzle down the beverages in hopes of staying awake and receiving sudden jolts of energy.

“Energy drinks are the only way I get through finals week,” sophomore, Kwauntaul Williams said. “Maybe I will be more careful about how much Red Bull I drink, but there is no way I’m going to stop drinking my drink.”

Philip Gzik, junior, also has no intentions of cutting himself off from energy drinks.

“The way I see it, if you only drink some here or there it shouldn’t be a problem. I would not stop having my occasional energy drinks to get me through a hard day,” Gzik said.

The 5-hour ENERGY website cautions against drinking more than two bottles in a five hour period. 5-hour ENERGY’s parent company, Living Essentials, said when used as instructed, they are “unaware of any deaths proven to be caused by the consumption of 5-hour ENERGY.”

In an interview with ABC News, Sean Patrick Nord, director of the Section of Toxicology at the University of Southern California, said, “If someone is to use multiple cans, that is when we start to see some of the side effects. You’re getting astronomical amounts, 30 to 40 cups of coffee.”

During the past four years, 5-Hour ENERGY has been mentioned in more than 90 filings with the FDA and more than 30 serious or life-threatening injuries.

 



About the Author

Meir Zimmerman





Advertisement
 
 

 
Until Nov. 1, Queens College students can go view the exhibits of Andy Warhol in Klapper Hall.
Photo by Randi Gutbrod

Andy Warhol’s Pop art now at Godwin-Ternbach Museum

Surrender to the vibrant and electric colors of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, and perhaps the most celebrated artist in America’s history. With its walls boldly painted yellow, blue, and purple for ...
by Randi Gutbrod
0

 
 
Queens College students are presented with this screen when starting the Haven training program.
Photo by Jaime Zahl

Students required to complete online life skills training program

Queens College students received an email this month from the Office of the Vice President of Student affairs stating they must complete an online training program in 10 days or a hold will be placed on their account. Topics of...
by Jaime Zahl
0

 
 
Faculty and staff demonstrated at a board of trustees meeting on Sept. 29 for a new contract. 
Photo courtesy by Pat Arnow

Professors hope for a contract amid negotiations

With New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio agreeing on new contracts with city unions, professors in CUNY wonder when they are able to work out an agreement. Since no progress was made under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his ...
by Brandon Jordan
0

 

 
Economics is one of the majors where graduates can potentially make over $1 million in a lifetime.
Photo by Amanda Goldstein

Report proves the value of a college education

To all students questioning the value of their college degree, rest assured. It is projected that a college degree will reward a salary double that of a high school graduate. However, the value of a chosen major varies. Last mo...
by Deborah Watman
0

 
Advertisement
 
On Oct. 15, students met in Powdermaker Hall for a discussion about the event sin Ferguson and police brutality.
Photo by Fernando Echeverri

QC student organizations lead forum about oppression and protests in Ferguson

The events in Ferguson, Mo., in which Darren Wilson, a white police officer shot Michael Brown, a young African American teen, to death, became a central theme in a discussion on Tuesday, October 15th in Powdermaker Hall. The f...
by Fernando Echeverri
0

 




Advertisement

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

HTML tags are not allowed.


Advertisement