ABSTRACT: Energy and stimulant drinks which contain caffeine provide enlivening effects, reduce fatigue and improve concentration and endurance. However, consumers may also experience physical and psychological side effects as a result of excessive consumption of caffeine within these drinks. Caffeine is known to exacerbate or induce some psychiatric conditions such as anxiety, panic attacks, psychosis and mania. Here we discuss a case of acute suicidality following sleep deprivation after the excessive consumption of a popular energy drink. We are concerned that such widely available stimulant drinks should contain health warnings or advice regarding moderating consumption.
Journal of Psychopharmacology 04/2012; 26(11):1502-10. · 3.04 Impact Factor