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Does energy drinks such as Red Bull, cause anger and rage in a person?

My son who lives with me drinks at least 4 Red Bulls a day. Ever since he's been living here, (a few months) I've noticed that he gets angry over the smallest issues. Just this morning, as I was taking his daughter, my 4 yr-old granddaughter to church with me, as we were going out the door, he started yelling and cussing telling me that I better not be gone all day because he had plans to take her somewhere. This just isn't like him and I honestly believe that the Red Bull has something to do with these outbursts of anger. If someone can answer my question, or if anyone knows of a petition I can sign to get the crap off the market, I plead with you to contact me at dezbrook at yahoo.com. Thanks. Lisa Notter

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Energy drinks are just like alcohol. They both really have almost the same side-effects. They can both cause anger in a person. Plus, I lived with alcoholism my whole life really. I never drank that much though. Only like... 1 bottle.

They can cause:

-Palpitations / tachycardia
-Tremor / shaking
-Agitation / restlessness
-Gastrointestinal upset
-Chest pain / ischaemia
-Dizziness / syncope
-Paraesthesia (tingling or numbing of the skin)
-Insomnia
-Respiratory distress
-Headache

For more information read:

http://www.energyfiend.com/energy-drink-side-effects

This was stupid of me, but I drank a huge can of Monster Energy, and it caused heart problems actually. I thought I was going to die. Just by a freakin' energy drink haha God, I ain't going to do that again.

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Oh my! Well I agree, thank God you're not going to drink those any longer! Thank you for all the info...it's def appreciated!
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Haha You're so very welcome :)
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Is your son like.. in the army or something? I never saw any moms' really, with their sons', or daughters' pictures on this site before.
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i dont think so

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they can

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He most likely angry for other reasons or would still be if he stopped drinking them, the energy drinks are only providing extra fuel for his system making his aggression seem worse. Anger issues aside the adverse effects of drinking too many energy drinks could damage stomach lining and affect the heart. I was a two or three a day energy drink junky until I met someone who works for the canning company that cans the energy drinks. The linings of the cans are increased in strength and thickness due to the highly acidic nature. If he really wants the energy boost look into more all natural energy drink such as Sambazon.

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Yeah, he does have some past anger issues concerning something that happened to him at age 15. His dad, (God rest his soul), was an alcoholic, and the issue that happened, well I'm sure it is a big reason for his anger problems. That, and he's been in 2 lengthy relationships...and now I can see why each one of these young women ended up leaving him. Thanks for your input. I definitely appreciate it. :)
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He might be on drugs. Really!

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I agree! Drugs are a possibility!

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My husband has the same issue, he drinks a lot of energy drinks because he works the late shift and I am noticing the exact same symptoms. Getting angry at very small issues, cursing all the time, throwing things, screaming and acting like the hulk. He has recently tried to endanger us in our car by stopping in the middle of the road where someone can run into us and also driving crazy on purpose. He is 36 years old and it is getting worse.

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Your husband " Yverneaux99" and your son "Lisa" have something in common. It is not drugs like someone suggested. It is called depression. They feel tired all the time for some reason or another and they use the energy drink to compensate so they can be awake or have enough energy to do what they need to do. The anger comes from feeling helpless and unable to change whatever conflict they are facing or a situation they are in. Energy drinks raise blood pressure and speed up metabolism or it is only natural to act out the way they do. Treat their depression and everything else will back to normal. Let me know how it turns out. Best of luck for you.

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I strongly agree with "SleimanA", I am a huge monster energy drink consumer. The only times i drink them is when I'm feeling unhappy and feel like they somehow make me more fun to be around. This "The anger comes from feeling helpless and unable to change whatever conflict they are facing or a situation they are in" i couldn't have said better myself. To me energy drinks are a drug.

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I would like to think that its an add on...increasingly making agitation worse...but is not the natural cause of agitation...like runemout21 said...its like fuel for it. I totally agree with that...there has been "off" days for me and when I drink them I can feel my agitation getting worse...or if i am in a good mood and I drink them nothing like that appears to happen.

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Yes. I’ve experienced this EXACT same thing. I’m normally patient & don’t generally curse. One RockStar? Strange thinking develops if I drink them: the following day me swearing, angry at everything, irrationally irritable. I rarely drank them so it took me a long time to recognize the pattern, felt like me losing my mind. I also found after them I craved alcohol. Thoughts of "I need a drink to feel relaxed” appeared. I’m NOT an alcoholic NOR do I routinely drink. I NEVER otherwise "crave" alcohol. In HINDSIGHT. I realized there’s a direct correlation: strange thoughts & feelings appear ONLY after consuming energy drinks. They have a profound effect on my psyche. However, codeine products do too. Codeine in any form makes me psychotic: compulsive thoughts & images of butchering people I care about with knives. It is not a matter of "just think positive." These are pervasive, compulsive, abnormal thought patterns that I can directly associate with these compounds. My brain reacts that way to those compounds: TOTALLY abnormal for me, VERY dangerous & utterly terrifying. Your son is in REAL danger and needs to wean himself off those things. They are poison. PLEASE WARN HIM!

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