Energy drink side effects send twice as many to ER as in 2007

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ROCKVILLE, MD- Something’s sending folks to the emergency room now more than ever.

No, not the flu; we’re as sick of hearing about that as we are from actually having it.

What is it then? Bulls, Rockstars and Monsters!

That’s right. A new government study says twice as many folks headed to the ER after consuming energy drinks than they did back in 2007. That’s up from 10,000 to 20,000.

What side effects sent them there? The study doesn’t say, but you can guess: racing heartbeats, headaches, anxiety or even seizures — all the stuff you’d expect from consuming way too many stimulants.

“It helps to wake us up in the morning,” said cardiologist Peter Miles, “so a lot of people use it that way, but there are healthier ways to do that.”

Uh, yeah! Especially when these canned and bottled boosters are being looked at for causing 18 deaths.

It’s hard to believe, but some of these drinks have the same amount of sugar as six frosted donuts.

“That’s about a third of the can filled with refined sugar,” according to health and vitality expert Dr. Doug Meintz, “which can lead to an overreaction eventually of the immune system causing autoimmune illnesses.”

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration calls this trend a “rising public health problem.”

But the American Beverage Association says ‘don’t believe the hype.’ They claim the study’s “more sensational than substantive” since it didn’t ask patients about their previous health histories and almost half of those studied admitted to boozing and doing drugs with the energy drinks.

Still, there’s got to be easier ways to stay alert.

Dr. Meintz has the answer: “You need more energy? Get some more sleep. You’re going to see your energy levels climb big time.”

Ah, more sleep… we’ll drink to that!