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Canadian Health Experts Take Aim at Energy Drinks

John Nordell/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images(OTTAWA, Ontario) -- Energy drinks have been around for years. But as the market for these drinks grew, so did concerns about their safety.

Now a panel of experts assembled by Health Canada are calling for stricter control of Red Bull, Monster, Rockstar and a host of other so-called energy drinks.
These high-caffeinated drinks are classified as natural health products. But the panel says they are not foods. They are drug products and should only be sold on drugstore shelves under the supervision of a pharmacist, experts claim.

In fact, the specialists say "energy" drink is a misnomer. They suggest the products be renamed "stimulant drug containing drinks."
The panel also wants Canada to take the lead internationally by requiring warning labels on the cans about series adverse effects of the drinks.
In a report obtained by Postmedia News, the panel stressed that the health risks associated with these beverages outweigh their benefits.
The report was actually presented to the Canadian government almost a year ago. But details are only now becoming public as the government debates adopting tighter controls on the beverages.
Both the beverage industry and energy drink makers reject the panel's research and recommendations.

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Health Canada Panel Takes Aim at Energy Drinks

PRNewsFoto/Red Bull GmbH(OTTAWA, Ontario) --  An expert panel for Health Canada has targeted energy drinks in a report saying that drinks such as Red Bull, Rockstar and Monster should actually be renamed “stimulant drug containing drinks” and should only be sold under the direct supervision of a pharmacist.

According to Postmedia News the panel’s report makes the argument that these energy drinks should be under stricter control, especially when taking into consideration the ease with which young people can purchase the caffeinated beverages.

The panel aims to make give a clear signal to the general public that these drinks are in fact “drug products,” and not “foods.”

The panel’s recommendations were presented to the government almost a year ago, but have been running into opposition from the beverage industry. If these recommendations were be enacted, this would set an international precedent for energy drink regulation, something that the Health Minister, Leona Aglukkaq, would be expected to defend on the world stage.

The panel proposes that energy drinks be classified under the National Association of Pharmay Regulatory Authorities as a “Schedule III.” This label is attributed to drugs without prescription, but that are sold on pharmacy shelves and purchased under “direct supervision of the pharmacist.” The panel urges that energy drinks be distributed as drugs are, but in a beverage format.

In addition to the change in distribution protocol and naming specifics, the panel also suggests that the drinks carry labels stating that serious adverse effects, including death, can occur.

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Vodka & Red Bull Makes You Think You Have 'Wings'

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky.) -- Many states have banned those combination alcohol and caffeinated energy drinks because of their negative effects, especially after incidents involving college students last fall.

Now, a new study from Northern Kentucky University confirms those two-in-one drinks pack a powerful punch.

Before they were banned, drinks such as Four Loko were all the rage among college students, many of whom landed in the hospital after consumption.

Researchers wanted to know if people who mix alcohol with a caffeinated energy drink get more or less drunk than those who drink alcohol alone.

Some of the participants in the study drank vodka and Red Bull, while others drank vodka with decaffeinated soda.  Both groups were equally impaired when asked to perform a number of tests.

However, those who had the Red Bull cocktail felt more stimulated and their perception of being impaired was distorted.  In other works, they didn't feel as drunk as they actually were.

The study author warns that people should avoid mixing alcohol and energy drinks.  They may make you feel like you're flying, but they're a potent and potentially harmful combination.

So if you're planning to have a drink, have your alcohol straight, on the rocks or mixed in a cocktail -- one that does not include Red Bull or similar beverages.

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