/ "energy drinks"
I see loads of school kids in the morning drinking Monster or whatever it is with 3 green stripes on it and loads of kids drinking what at first glance seems to be one of those shandy drinks but I think it is also an energy drink.
I've tried red bull once and it nearly made me throw up yet at our local cocktail happy hour, jugs of vodka and red bull. Does anyone actually like the stuff?
My friend Ricks mate Dave died of a heart attack 2 weeks agao, cause of death, apparently energy drinks. He is a bus driver and regularly drank at least 10 cans of it per 8 hour shift, 6 days a week for at least the last 6 years. That would do it I reckon.
At least they don't contain cocoaine like Coca-Cola once did.
....but yes, I once tasted Red Bull and thought it was even worse than Hungarian Zwack Unicum, and that tastes like engine oil.
Energy drinks are really bad, especially in the morning.
I make my own, water salt and sugar. And sometimes a bit of fruit juice.
...plus it's got loads of vitamins in it so you're being healthy too.
One of the fastest growing sectors in the non-alcoholic, ready to drink beverage market though, so somebody likes them.
Don't expect them to go away anytime soon.
FWIW, I hate most of them. Managed to find a lemonade-flavoured one that was tolerable but quite frankly give me a double espresso any time.
Utterly foul drinks. And the mark of a chav.
Do they effect people's moods too? They are just sugar and stimulants so bound to fk your blood sugar up at least
Anecdotally where n=1 a large can of red bull before a 12 hour shift in A&E while pulling the 3rd or 4th consecutive night shift over the week end worked about as well as a couple of double expressos. But tastier. Generally I think the ubiquity of their availability is probably a bad thing but sugar an d caffeine who could think that was wrong?
That sounds like you are making a purely isotonic sports drink which do come in useful if you are working hard, either hard run or its just damned hot.
I will occasionally use energy drinks, I aint a fan of coffee so a redbull etc works as a pick me up instead of an extra strength espresso but no more than that.
Its bizarre how they have become so popular as a standard drink.
Quite agree, why can't they get pissed on light and bitter and throw up all down the high street like we used to do?
That's just you Bruce. When I was at school the worst we had was full-sugar Coca Cola. I would like to know if there is a link between energy drinks and mood swings though; when I was teaching the ones that were always sucking on a red bull were usually the most violent kids.
From the industry: "We also do not promote, or market, such drinks to those under the age of 16."
Most shops use to refuse to sell energy drinks to u18s. Have they stopped doing this?
I normally plump for Relentless or Monster over Red Bull and usually have a can on a night shift as a pick me up on my break, around 3am, ready for the witching hour at 4, as I don't drink tea or coffee.
10 cans on an 8 hour shift is mental, especially while bus driving. Did he take a pee break at every bus stop?
> There are billboards advertising an energy drink called "Pussy" near my home.
> I wonder who their target market is?
Hugh Hefner & his robo sex slaves by the look of the promo material. Certainly not fighting, f*cking and tea drinking hetero tigers who hale from the North.
It has "NO CHEMICALS" which is a major break through.
Perhaps not scientifically proven...but drinking Red Bull makes me incredibly aggressive and very very violent. I basically turn into a nasty version of the Tasmanian Devil.
After probably about a can I start getting twitchy and reactive. Goes down hill rapidly from there. Needless to say I've not had any in around 10 years. I'm a long way away from being a kid too. I can only imagine what it does to the brains of hyped up youth.
PUSSY, it grows on trees?
According to their website:
48,404 people like Pussy.
coffees better, more caffeine, less of the sugar buzz.
for a night out, use real drugs.
Kids are doing worse things I suppose, on the way to work I see the same gypsy kid (presumed) one hand down his pants, and a fag! He must be 10 maybe 11!
i used to think the taste of Red Bull was solely designed to take the taste of Ecstasy out of your mouth - you know back in the heady days when we used to share a pill.
When I was a kid Lucozade was a drink your mum MADE you drink when you were poorly. A bit (or a lot) of marketing and it's an essential sports drink.
> i used to think the taste of Red Bull was solely designed to take the taste of Ecstasy out of your mouth - you know back in the heady days when we used to share a pill.
and we used to laugh at how our parents went on about the 60s...
A can of Relentless screws my stomach up less than two double espressos, which is the sort of thing I tend to need in the morning if I've been working silly hours.
whatever happened to the days they did cocaine? no wonder the economy crashed...
> One of the fastest growing sectors in the non-alcoholic, ready to drink beverage market though, so somebody likes them.
> Don't expect them to go away anytime soon.
> FWIW, I hate most of them. Managed to find a lemonade-flavoured one that was tolerable but quite frankly give me a double espresso any time.
Either that or the're heavily marketed as a less harmful and more profitable alternative to standard pish that's been farted in.
Kids think it makes them smart, it's about as smart as giving an 8 year old 2 double espressos and a packet of stanley knife blades.
17 Year old daughter only drinks water (and neat vodka on special occasions)
20 yera old son only drinks tea (no sugar), bitter and neat scotch.
Wife drinks tea, and wine, and occasionally water.
Me? Coffee, Wine, Scotch and Water.
Are you seriously telling me that as a kid, you only used to eat apples and salad for lunch? The thing in my day was orange squash that literally glowed in the dark, blue coloured ice pops that turned your tongue blue and sherbet in long thin plastic tubs.
We had ice cream with hundreds and thousands for tea last night. What the hell happened to artificial colours? The new eco ones look pathetic in wishy washy pastel shades!
Yes... One of the Facebook 'followers' looks a bit dodgy from the available thumbnail...
Energy drinks? They all taste and smell like vomit to me. The only excuse for their existence is to make small alcohol burners (the Rexam 250ml cans are perfect).
Then there's the association with extreme sports: discovered a new one recently: extreme littering; drive to somewhere wild and scenic in Scotland, and chuck Red Bull cans into a ditch at the side of a lay-by...
People at my college drink them and dear god are they bad for general concentration. I had one once to see what it was like while trying to do some programming and felt fidgety as anything for a good hour and a half. vowed not to touch them again after that occasion.
Too much caffeine and sugar have that effect on you in general. If you have done the stupid thing I did and have more and more caffeine to keep yourself functional after too many days with insufficient sleep, a single can or a pint of coffee stop screwing with your concentration... with the pretty big issue that you crash without them and can't concentrate with one too many. I routinely have loads of caffeine when I program and I really need to cut down on it.
I never found energy drinks particularly different from large quantities of coffee with lots of sugar, not convinced that taurine does much.
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