German advisory body condemns energy drinks

9th May 2008, Comments 0 comments

A state-funded safety watchdog has found popular cocktails to have lethal consequences

Berlin  -- The mixing of energy drinks with alcohol, popular amongst partygoers wishing to increase their endurance on the dance floor, is potentially dangerous, the German authorities are to warn, according to a news report Friday.

The German institute for risk evaluation (BfR) believes  that cocktails of energy drinks and alcohol could disrupt cardiac rhythms, cause cramps and damage the kidneys. The story broke on the website of the German magazine Der Spiegel.

The BfR, a statutory body established with government funding in 2002 to improve consumer protection in the area of health, has not yet made its  findings  public. According to Der Spiegel, the institute has documented cases of deaths resulting from the practice.

In some countries energy drinks, which contain high levels of sugar and stimulating hormones, have been banned or regulated in the market. The popular energy drink Red Bull has previously been removed from sale in Denmark, Norway and France for health reasons.

The BfR is reported to have informed the government of the risks, advising against mixing alcohol with energy drinks and against vigorous exercise after drinking them. DPA/Expatica

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