We report here the case of a 17-year-old boy who suffered acute renal failure after consuming 3 L of energy drink (ED) in combination with 1 L of vodka amounting to 4600 mg of taurine and 780 mg of caffeine mixed with 380 g of alcohol. The consumption of this mixture is extremely popular in adolescents, because the joint effects of caffeine and taurine reduce the effect of alcohol. Although there have been case reports of deaths linked to the consumption of EDs with and without alcohol, awareness of the possible dangers is still low. The fact that athletes and major sports events are sponsored by ED manufacturers implies that they may even be healthy and performance-enhancing.
“Vodka Energy”: Too Much for the Adolescent Nephron?
FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: The authors have indicated they have no financial relationships relevant to this article to disclose.
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Isabelle Schöffl, Jürgen F. Kothmann, Volker Schöffl, Harald D. Rupprecht, Thomas Rupprecht; “Vodka Energy”: Too Much for the Adolescent Nephron?. Pediatrics July 2011; 128 (1): e227–e231. 10.1542/peds.2010-2677
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