Energy drinks have become almost as commonplace as coffee, but many people consume them in large numbers like they would sodas, thinking that it’s just part of a daily routine.
The lessons this woman learned shows that there’s a tremendous amount of danger in consuming anything to the point of excess.
Mary Allwood is a mother of three with a full-time job. In order to keep her energy levels up, she would occasionally turn to energy drinks to give her a boost.
However, one or two Red Bulls per day turned into a staggering 20.
She said about her insanely high consumption, “At first I would feel as if it would give me a buzz and energy, but eventually it wouldn’t give me energy – I just needed it. I needed the taste and fizziness. It was my heroin. I would feel awful if I didn’t have it.”
It was an addiction, just like drugs or alcohol. Somewhat ironically, Mary stayed away from those vices altogether. Energy drinks, however, were clearly her drug of choice.
She would wake up and pound two before even getting going.
“If I didn’t have any in the fridge I would walk to the shop and get two. I’d drink the first one in three sips, and then try and make the second one last longer.”
She consumed so many that she lied to the clerk at the store, saying she owned a restaurant and was selling them to customers.
It was only a matter of time before her body gave out. She gained a tremendous amount of weight, going from a size 16 to a 24.
For a long time, she had ignored the heart palpitations she was getting, too. It was a sharp pain in her side that brought her into the hospital.
The doctors were convinced she was an alcoholic. Her liver had ballooned in size to twice what it once was. That’s a common symptom of alcoholics.
Mary’s consumption was equal to the sugar in 17 Mars bars EVERY DAY along with 16 cups of coffee’s worth of caffeine. She quit cold turkey, and just four months later, her liver returned to normal size.
She now supports regulating the sale further with new packaging, stating, “Now I think the rules should be changed and it should be treated in a similar way to cigarettes, with the blank packaging.”
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