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Conclusion: Are Energy Drinks Risky for Athletes?

We don’t really know the long-term effects of consuming energy drinks. For now, evidence shows that in moderate doses, caffeine can improve focus and attention, but keep a few things in mind.

  • DO NOT combine alcohol with energy drinks.

  • If you have a medical condition or are on medications, consult a healthcare professional before consuming energy drinks.

  • If you experience any unusual symptoms after consuming an energy drink, talk to your doctor or seek medical advice.

  • Consider water over sugary, high-caffeine drinks to hydrate.

  • Become educated about stimulants.

  • Read the label to see if any of the ingredients that are actually listed are banned.

  • Be aware that all ingredients in the energy drink are not listed on the label.

The biggest takeaway is that energy drinks are not just caffeine. They contain many other ingredients and these added ingredients are the biggest concern. Just like the labels on nutritional substances, energy drink labels do not list all ingredients in the product. You risk the possibility of failing your drug test because of unknown substances you are ingesting.

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