Most citizens of Miami Beach and surrounding communities are well aware of the pitfalls of driving while intoxicated by alcohol, but few people may recognize the dangers of driving a car or truck while caffeinated (DWC).
Energy drinks have become a top seller among teens, college students, young adults and others who try to function on very little sleep. Scientific studies have warned against the use of these highly caffeinated drinks and even recommended that the FDA place warning labels on the cans and bottles of the energy drinks. There is no legal limit to the amount of caffeine that an energy drink can contain because they are designated as dietary supplements.
Some of these drinks contain over 170 mg of caffeine, more than twice as much caffeine allowed in a 12-ounce can of soda. Consuming two of these caffeinated drinks can induce a caffeine intoxication and cause restlessness, nervousness, excitement, insomnia, flushing of the face, muscle twitching, irritability and irregular or rapid heartbeat according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Drinking three or more energy drinks can cause mania, depression, lapse in judgment, disorientation, delusions, hallucinations and psychosis. Large doses of caffeine have been known to cause severe anxiety that requires medical treatment.