WHAT: Energy drinks such as Red Bull and Monster Energy have caffeine levels that can harm children who drink them often. A University of Miami study said that of the 5,448 U.S. caffeine overdoses reported in 2007, 46 percent occurred in those younger than 19.
HOW: So far this year, U.S. poison control centers received 331 calls about energy drinks, with rapid heartbeat the most common complaint. About one-quarter pertained to children ages 5 and younger and another quarter involved those ages 13 to 19.
WHY IT’S OUTRAGEOUS: Nearly one-third of kids 12 to 14 years old regularly consume energy drinks. Some common ingredients such as cocoa and guarana are little-studied and not regulated. They may add caffeine beyond what’s labeled on the drinks.