South Carolina lawmakers are proposing a ban on the sale of energy drinks to anyone under 18. This follows a deadly incident linked to high amounts of caffeine.
Last April, Davis Cripe, a 16 year-old sophomore, suddenly collapsed at his high school. In the previous two hours, he drank a large soda, a latte, and an energy drink. The medical examiner told his parents their son died from a “caffeine-induced cardiac event.”
Energy drinks can contain up to 300 milligrams of caffeine. The FDA recommends adults consume no more than 400 milligrams a day. That’s about five cups of coffee.
By one estimate, 68 percent of adolescents consume energy drinks. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association urge adolescents to drink limited high-caffeine beverages or none at all.