Energy Drinks: The Pros and Cons of These Pick-Me-Ups

Medically Reviewed by Madeline Hubbard, RN, BSN

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In today's fast-paced society, burnt out seems to be around every corner. Many people feel such a lack of energy or drive that getting through the day and accomplishing all of their responsibilities can feel near-impossible. This has led many folks to turn to energy drinks for some extra fuel. 

These pick-me-ups promise to provide an energy boost that lasts for hours. In some cases, manufacturers add chemicals to these drinks in an attempt to offer your body the same effects of a full-night's rest. However, these chemicals can also lead to some less-than-desirable health outcomes.

The question is, do these energy drinks do more harm than good? Energy drink production is a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide — and, as such, a great deal of research, sponsored by the industry itself, has been undertaken to parse out these health concerns. Therefore, it can be difficult to sort through conflicting or inconclusive evidence about how these drinks impact our bodies, which is why we're taking an in-depth look at the pros and cons of energy drinks. 

Note: This article does not provide coverage of, or recommendations for, any specific brand of energy drink. The images used within this article are simply common examples of this type of beverage.