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13 Energy Drinks In 3 Sessions

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the ask-fry-about-100-cups-of-coffee dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 374

circletimessquare writes "As a member of the cult of caffeine, as I suspect many Slashdot readers are, I was pleasantly amused by this story in The New York Times entitled Opening 13 Cans of Whoop (reg req). Our brave reporter sucks down a number of energy drinks of various parentages and gives us the lowdown on their taste, appearance, ingredients, overall effect, and dubious appeal. Example: 'At this point, my energy level was not only elevated, it was speeding toward the red line. I felt myself staring holes through my computer screen, typing at five times my normal rate and thinking far too creatively about life questions like how many AA batteries I needed to buy when I went to the drug store. My mood was chipper. Too chipper.'"

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Reg Free (5, Informative)

bendelo (737558) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226786)

Here's a registration free link [] thanks to Google [] .

Re:Reg Free (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9226808)

and thank you :)

Re:Reg Free (5, Funny)

AnwerB (255422) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226943)

Quick Summary: New York times reporter overdoses on caffine; writes an article.

Re:Reg Free (4, Funny)

Dizzle (781717) | more than 10 years ago | (#9227027)

Thank god you linked to Google. Before now, I had never heard of Google. Seems pretty handy though.

splat (0, Offtopic)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226790)

I'll register for pictures of any daring /.ers that follow in this fellow's footsteps.

I feel the same way (-1, Offtopic)

slash-tard (689130) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226793)

After I smoke a bag of crack.

Ouch (1)

naktekh (517517) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226795)

One of those makes me hyper beyond belief.. I can't imagine the amount of caffeine withdrawal this guy must have gone through to put this article together.

big deal! (1)

tasinet (747465) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226802)

And the big discovery is that..
Energy drinks give you Energy?
[Someone didn't have anything to write on this sunny saturday night]

Re:big deal! (2, Funny)

Patrik_AKA_RedX (624423) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226833)

[Someone didn't have anything to write on this sunny saturday night] A sunny night? Where do you live? North Pole or something?

Re:big deal! (1)

tasinet (747465) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226852)

Where I live, a "sunny saturday night" is called a "joke".

Re:big deal! (4, Interesting)

another_henry (570767) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226857)

Hey, don't say it like that. For food manufacturers to actually produce something that does what it claims really IS a discovery!

Re:big deal! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9226877)

Chocolate gives you much more energy.

"Energy" drinks are just stimulants.

WOOT (-1, Offtopic)

unclelib (552196) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226807)

4 comments and the slashdot effect has taken hold

Re:WOOT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9226835)

Yah, the NYT gets slashdotted all the time... Don't trolls usually go AC, like myself?

substitutes (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9226811)

I think at some point its much healthier to switch to cocaine.

caffeine (1, Insightful)

blankinthefill (665181) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226819)

While the article does look funny, I personaly don't drink any caffeine. ever. I've found that I function better, think faster, and am actually less tired with out caffine than with it. Plus, caffine is bad for you. and it's also the most abused drug on earth.

Re:caffeine (4, Funny)

SUB7IME (604466) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226834)

Hey, man - Caffeine may be bad for you, but it's sure as hell necessary for my survival. Which, in itself, may be bad for you...

Re:caffeine (4, Funny)

adamjaskie (310474) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226840)

Bah. I can quit any time I want.

Re:caffeine (5, Funny)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226955)

Quitting is easy. I've done it thousands of times.

Re:caffeine (2, Funny)

rifftide (679288) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226871)

Slashdot is a device that turns coders into posters of caffeine jokes.

Re:caffeine (5, Interesting)

br0ck (237309) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226902)

I spent a month of awful headaches giving up a 5-7 Dr. Peppers a day habit about 2 years ago due to acid reflux and stomach aches and found to my surpise that I'm actually more alert and energetic without the caffeine. Caffeine put me in a perpetual up and down mode, swinging between being too lethargic to work to having an extremely short attention span for the hour after drinking a soda. The only downside is that I still crave soda whenever someone pops the top on a can of soda.

I do cheat if I have a really bad headache or if I'm going on a long drive by drinking Adrenaline by Sobe and Amp by 7up. That always does the trick but with being unaccusomed to caffeine these energy drinks are like taking speed or something.

Re:caffeine (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9227016)

Chances are it's actually the sugar-insuline cycle that is behind the wild swings - soda is usually crammed with sugar.

Re:caffeine (5, Informative)

The Analog Kid (565327) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226935)

Caffeine is actually benefical, it can help reduce asthma attacks, it helps prevent stone formation, it can help reduce the risk of colon cancer and it's an anti-oxident. There are a lot of others which I won't post here, but a quick googling will turn them up, but sure, too much caffeine like anything is bad for you.

Re:caffeine (1)

tb3 (313150) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226950)

Here is the book for you: Memoir from Antproof Case []

Makes me think of the old joke ... (4, Funny)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226822)

I put instant coffee in the microwave and went back in time.

Thanks Steve Wright..

Energy Drinks Vs. Sleep (5, Insightful)

Poeir (637508) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226823)

While it's real great to be awake and theoretically able to do something productive until the wee hours of the night, there is no substitute for honest to goodness sleep. It's a lot cheaper than a $2 eight-ounce can, too.

Sleep when you can. You won't regret it.

Re:Energy Drinks Vs. Sleep (5, Insightful)

metlin (258108) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226883)


And again, if you drink coffee in limited quantities (like say, not more than a couple of cups a day), you will notice that when you need to stay up, having an extra cup or two really has an effect.

When you are a heavy coffee drinker who cuts back on coffee, the first couple of times you have more than your usual dose of caffeine, it takes you on a real alertness mode.

And the worst part is that the more the coffee you have, the less regular your sleeping habits become. You stop having good sleep, and therefore your waking hours become kinda blurry. At which point, you resort to more caffeine. A vicious circle.

A cup (at most two) a day is just about fine, IMHO.

Re:Energy Drinks Vs. Sleep (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9226908)

If you would have worked more instead of sleeping, then it is not cheap at all.

Re:Energy Drinks Vs. Sleep (5, Funny)

medelliadegray (705137) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226952)

/jesting on

So you say that its cheaper to get more sleep. well sir, i shall prove to you, beyond a doubt, that it is, in fact, cheaper to buy my Mighty Mighty Speedo Drink(TM) every day for a low low price of 2.59 per 5.9 oz bottle!

Now, my friend, assuming your salery is the very respectable wage of $5.15, and you are able to stay up 2.5 hours longer per day by using my Mighty Mighty Speedo Drink(TM) every day in the morning to wake yourself up, and in the evening to keep yourself up longer then, you are in fact making money by using my Mighty Mighty Speedo Drink(TM).

We all know that time IS money, and by using my Mighty Mighty Speedo Drink(TM) you are in fact generating money! By staying up 2.5Hours more per day, you recieving $12.88 more per day in personal or professional time, after subtracting the low low cost of my Mighty Mighty Speedo Drink(TM) you are in effect generating $7.70 of your time's worth per day! Multiply this by 365 days in a year, and by 10 years, and your gross profit in time will be in excess of $28,000. Would you pass up the oppritunity to make an additional 28 grand? Nooo sane person Wooould! so buy your Mighty Mighty Speedo Drink(TM) today at your local supplier, and prove to the world you are worth more than they are!

*Warning, it is necessary to get adequate sleep, improper or prolonged use of product may cause premature aging, bags under the eyes, and cause children to run away when they see your face. additional side effects may be experienced with prolonged use, results may vary from person to person. no children, puppies, or fish were harmed in the testing of this product.* /jesting off

Nothing replaces getting quality sleep for the proper hours that your body requires.

Cheaper maybe... (5, Interesting)

Animaether (411575) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226998)

Although it is cheaper ($0.00 vs $2.00 = $2.00 cheaper, or #INF%), there is the flip side as well.

Not to denounce the fact that sleep is a Good Thing(tm), but...

Let's say that drinking the content of the $2 can allows you to stay up and awake, productive, etc. for 1 more hour.
At $40/hour pay, you just 'made' $38.

I know a few people who wouldn't mind making that trade-off if they could.

Re:Cheaper maybe... (2, Insightful)

Poeir (637508) | more than 10 years ago | (#9227021)

Yes, but the longer you stay up, the less productive you are. You're getting nowhere fast if you stay up an extra hour and do as much work as you'd do in half an hour when fully alert. If your job is occupying space, then an extra hour is handy, but if your job involves making correct decisions, that hour of sub-par work can cost you (or at least someone) way more than an hour of time.

Whatever (5, Insightful)

molafson (716807) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226824)

I felt myself staring holes through my computer screen, typing at five times my normal rate and thinking far too creatively about life questions like how many AA batteries I needed to buy when I went to the drug store.

Whatever! You'd think the guy was smoking crystal meth or something. Anyway, if you want to feel healthy and alert, try:
(a) Eating nutritiously and sparingly,
(b) Exercising every day, and
(c) Sleeping regularly (same time every day) for 8 hours.

Re:Whatever (3, Funny)

MikeXpop (614167) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226831)

But taking drugs is so much easier. Hey look, ritilan!

And on a different subject, I don't think smoking Crystal Meth is possible. It's usually snorted or taken orally.

Re:Whatever (3, Informative)

molafson (716807) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226850)

"Smoking crystal meth [] has the quickest effect, within 7 to 10 seconds, as the vapors enter the lungs, and are absorbed rapidly through the blood vessels lining the lungs, and then get pumped throughout the body and brain."

Re:Whatever (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9226894)

Nice to see that the worthless drug addicts have representation on Slashdot as well.

Re:Whatever (1)

Tlosk (761023) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226929)

Even nicer to see the people who try to post authoritatively on topics they know nothing about being represented.

Re:Whatever (2, Informative)

mog007 (677810) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226928)

I'm not a chemist or biologist, but I do know that just about every drug has a smoked form. If crystal meth can be vaporized by the energy from a lighter, it could most certainly be inhaled through the respiratory system and absorbed into the blood stream. No telling what kind of damage it would do to a person's lungs, and the high wouldn't come as fast as snorting it, but it certainly is possible.

As for energy, if you're that desperate for caffine just get some soda. A two liter bottle of Dr. Pepper is certainly cheaper than these energy drinks, and I've yet to try an energy drink that tastes as good. With the exception of Jolt, but Jolt is just soda with more caffine, not really an energy drink. It doesn't claim those bogus ingrediants like Taurine and Guarana.

Re:Whatever (1)

awing0 (545366) | more than 10 years ago | (#9227018)

Guarana isn't a bogus ingredient. I have guarana extract in pills for when I've pulled an all nighter and need to work the next day. I take enough of it and my body temperature rises, my pulse rate goes up and my blood pressure rises. I even get chest pains from it. It's definitely a stimulant. I only started taking it since the effects of caffeine are totally null for me (tolerance). I'll probably need methamphetamine soon, heh.

Re:Whatever (1)

linzeal (197905) | more than 10 years ago | (#9227014)

Hah, hah, hah. Holy shit (snort), hah, hah, hah. Um, yeah crytal meth could never be smoked it would be unpossible!

I never did the stuff myself but it is easily smokable and for many the preferred way before going into needles.

Whatever-Unemployed IT. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9226891)

"(a) Eating nutritiously and sparingly"

I'm poor. I have the "sparingly" down pat.

"(b) Exercising every day"

Being chased away from dumpsters gives me that.

"(c) Sleeping regularly (same time every day) for 8 hours."

Park benches are no Serta.

Re:Whatever (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9226906)

Also, try a "pineapple fast" to clear yourself of intestinal parasites: eat nothing but _fresh_ pineapple for 3-5 days. Fresh pineapple contains enzymes that dissolve most parasitic worms. Eating copius quantities of pineapple and nothing else for several days is a cheap and easy way to de-worm.

Many people don't realise that their general fatigue and health problems can be the result of such parasites, but they are pretty easy to get rid of. Counterintuitively, overweight people often suffer from these parasites - they are overweight because the parasites strip some nutrients, so they overeat to compensate, but the parasites leave plenty of empty calories, which pile on...

Re:Whatever (4, Funny)

cgenman (325138) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226919)

Whatever! You'd think the guy was smoking crystal meth or something.

Wasn't that the active ingredient in Crystal Pepsi?

wow (1)

Vlion (653369) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226826)

He musta been some kinda messed up the morning after he finished that.

Re:wow (1)

ManFromAnotherPlace (740650) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226862)

I think he must have been kind of messed up to try that in the first place.

Re:wow (1)

Fishstick (150821) | more than 10 years ago | (#9227010)

seems like a useless stunt. What's the point of slamming a bunch of these in a sitting for a newspaper article? He could have had one each day for 13 days and had the same information.

TOO chipper? Now thats for me! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9226828)

did i use correct punctuation?

Blaa (1)

Pheonix5000 (661842) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226832)

I'm ready for a different kind of drink. It's called Blaa.
Which is exactly how you'd feel when you come off of that caffiene trip.

The good old days.... (5, Insightful)

PeterPumpkin (777678) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226836)

Red Bull wasn't the first energy drink. Remember, Coca-Cola used to contain cocaine.

Re:The good old days.... (1)

tasinet (747465) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226865)

"Coca-Cola used to contain cocaine."
Excuse me?

Re:The good old days.... (5, Informative)

PeterPumpkin (777678) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226869)

...but not enough "to give a fly a buzz" (2, Informative)

Fishstick (150821) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226992)

By Heath's calculation, the amount of ecgonine [an alkaloid in the coca leaf that could be synthesized to create cocaine] was infinitesimal: no more than one part in 50 million. In an entire year's supply of 25-odd million gallons of Coca-Cola syrup, Heath figured, there might be six-hundredths of an ounce of cocaine.

So, yes, at one time there was cocaine in Coca-Cola. But before you're tempted to run off claiming Coca-Cola turned generations of drinkers into dope addicts, consider the following: back in 1885 it was far from uncommon to use cocaine in patent medicines (which is what Coca-Cola was originally marketed as) and other medical potions. When it first became general knowledge that cocaine could be harmful, the backroom chemists who comprised Coca-Cola at the time (long before it became the huge company we now know) did everything they could with the technology they had available at the time to remove every trace of cocaine from the beverage. What was left behind (until the technology improved enough for it all to be removed) wasn't enough to give a fly a buzz.

Re:The good old days.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9226939)

Over the past couple of years I've conducted a similar trial of energy drinks for my own purposes (skiing). Coke is cheap and reliable to this day.

I had a couple of cans of XTC for breakfast one day and didn't drink enough water during the day...I felt sick that evening and passed out (no joke).

This year I had Red Bull on the mountain. The first time it totally reinvigorated me, but the next day it was just an expensive, mediocre tasting pop.

On the whole I still prefer the more traditional energy and it's friends.

Re:The good old days.... (3, Funny)

justforaday (560408) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226970)

Remember, Coca-Cola used to contain cocaine.

Ahh, yes. I'm sure many a regular slashdot reader remembers the days when coke used to contain coke...

I'm amazed (2, Insightful)

BCW2 (168187) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226839)

that people spend that kind of money on this stuff. Give me a bag of coffee beans and stand back. If needed I will make it stiff enough to stand on it's own, you don't drink it, you chew it. Who needs a mug.

Of course I don't understand Starbucks either. $4 for a cup of coffee? I like mine plain black, not that sissified crap.

Why go through the middleman? (4, Funny)

cgenman (325138) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226909)

Why not get actual Caffeine [] or pure Guarana [] ? Of course, I once saw a girl who ate roughly 1 gram of caffeen in a night stay up for 4 days straight while crying and dribbling at the mouth, so don't overdo it.

And as for straight coffee beans... Try instant. Just shovel a few spoonfuls into your mouth, and wash it down with water. 10 seconds and you're super caffinated.

Of course the other secret is to eat 20mg of caffeine immediately before falling asleep. You will awake totally refreshed in about two hours, as if you had a full night's sleep. You do have to make very sure you fall asleep before the caffeine kicks in, or you just won't sleep at all. Long-term effects include improved GPA and complete cardiopulmonary collapse.

Re:Why go through the middleman? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9226966)

Coffee beans contain other alkaloids that do some fun things. Chocolate coated coffee beans are popular, but expensive, here in europe, so I decided to make my own - I bought a large 1/5kilo bag of coffee beans, and a brick of chocolate, melted+dipped the beans. Myself and my brother scoffed the lot. And very nice they were too, and a tiny fraction of the cost of shop-bought chocolate coated coffee beans.

Unfortunately, we were both subsequently awake and completely manic for 4 days, followed by two days of severely upset stomach, shakes and headaches and "inside bones" aches and pains.

Re:I'm amazed (1)

waynelorentz (662271) | more than 10 years ago | (#9227008)

I read an article recently (Canadian paper. Don't remember which one. I'm not Canadian.) that stated the average large cup of Starbucks contains 400mg of cafeine -- the recommended daily limit for humans. Hardly a weak drink, even if you cover it with whipped cream.

Starbucks deserves credit for bringing non-coffee drinkers into the fold. I never drank coffee before Starbucks. I still can't stand the taste of straight coffee. But dump enough steamed milk and whipped cream and sugar and flavorings in there, and I kind of like it.

Not everyone is an adrenaline junkie. Some of us like to sit back and enjoy life.

If you need energy drinks... (2, Insightful) (782137) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226842)

If you need energy drinks to stay alert, you either aren't getting enough sleep (which is dumb) or you're utterly insane.

Normal people in normal sleep routines should be able to get by without caffeine. Hell, I've stayed up all night on nothing more than water before.

Re:If you need energy drinks... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9226915)

May I introduce you to medical residency (i.e. the system where one becomes a doctor).

Bah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9226845)

V [] rules all energy drinks!

related info: why jolt was limited. (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9226847)

jolt cola was limited to 72mg dose of caffine per 12 oz soda do to food laws. (at least in the USA)

which ironicly is less then coffee can be (normally 65-175 mg per 8 oz serving) and less then espresso (100mg per 1.5-2oz)

these energy drinks are not "soda" to get around the limit.

LD50 for caffine is 150mg/kg
(take your weight in kg * 150mg of caffine = a dose that has a 50% chance of killing you)

200 pounds = 90.7 kilograms => 13.6 grams
100 pounds = 45.3 kilograms => 6.8 grams

Preposterous... (1)

Maiko (534130) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226849)

Staring holes through my computer screen!? I've been going over the top with Red Bull for a long time, and there ain't no holes in the screen.

The large dents on my computer's case on the other hand...

cutting down on caffein (5, Insightful)

arabagast (462679) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226851)

um, I know this is kinda blasphemy here on slashdot, but my tip is actually to reduce your dose of caffeine. I used to drink *lots* of coffee and other caffeinated beverages earlier, but decided to try a little break and watch the difference. My conclusion is as follows (beware: these are my personal experiences, your might be completely different)

1. If you are going to be doing a lot of intensive work, in need of intense concentration (such as coding), you shouldn`t pour down coffee like you never saw it before. The coffee dehydrates your body, leading to less-than-optimal body functionality and can actually make you less suited to do the job intented.
2. If you, as we all do once in a while, drink buckets of coffee - remember to drink lots of water or other beverage to compensate for the water loss brought on by the caffeine. It`s important to have enough water in your body, we're water creatures after all ^^.

but, who am I kidding - Coffee is G-O-D :P

Re:cutting down on caffein (5, Funny)

APDent (81994) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226875)

Coffee is God Pee?

Oops. Sorry. That's a smiley.

Re:cutting down on caffein (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9226951)

Thanks for the insightful post. It (along with some other reasonable ones) was good to see. There are way too many dipsh*ts out there (like those of the "A neat desk is a sign of a sick mind" persuasion) that place way too much emphasis on silly images.

Dehydration... (1)

Animaether (411575) | more than 10 years ago | (#9227020)

Your statement doesn't entirely ring true.
Coffee dehydrates - yes. But just drinking water isn't going to re-hydrate you. Indeed, drinking too much water is toxic.
The problem is that even though you drink the liquids, you don't have enough salt (to put it simply) in your system to *retain* that water.

So my advice : If you drink a lot of coffee / water, be sure to have some salty snacks as well. E.g. licorice, chips/fries, bacon - whatever.

Ritalin (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9226856)

Ritalin combined with caffine is by far the most productivity inspiring legal cocktail one can imagine.

Re:Ritalin (1)

f13nd (555737) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226896)

dear god you're right!!!

Re:Ritalin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9226978)

You my friend have just become my new deity

13? (-1, Offtopic)

bahamat (187909) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226868)

What's even wierder is that when I saw this story there were 13 comments posted.


Re:13? (1)

kunudo (773239) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226936)

Wow, that is so amazing!

No, wait...

ANSI (American Neurological Speed Institute) (5, Funny)

Feezle (605987) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226873)

Reminds me a lot of this [] (funnier!) column from Computer Language magazine.

his eyes make holes in the screen? (3, Funny)

t_allardyce (48447) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226874)

Is he in soviet russia or something? in the rest of the world, computer screen stares holes in you!

Caffiiineeee yeah yeah yeah! uhuh! im good to go! hey i can quit! i can quit anytime!

Re:his eyes make holes in the screen? (2, Informative)

LaBlueCow (768184) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226999)

Well, since I put my threshold on -1 and formatted to flat, I've noticed a lot more of these soviet-russia comments. It was amusing at best to begin with, but come on folks, enough is enough...

the cup's shaking I don't want my coffee shaking! (2, Interesting)

deathcloset (626704) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226893)

the interesting thing to me is, that while caffeine is probably the worlds most widely used drug, it's effects (on spiders, albeit) actually seem to be more detramental than that of even marjuanna. []
Yes, I know this is a spider and not a human; but it's still some food for thought....
Fry: Fancy cigar why don't you smoke it already? Puff puff go go go go go!

Super Size Me fad (2, Insightful)

timeOday (582209) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226899)

How many me-too articles we'll be seeing thanks to Super Size Me (the movie about the guy who ate only at McDonalds for a month with bad results).

I don't see how this evaluation of energy drinks means anything, because he had more than one per sitting. Who's to say which one did what, or how they cross-reacted?

Taurine vs. Caffeine (5, Interesting)

Arren (776080) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226901)

This is a 'Science' story???

The NYT article itself is a lark, and a poorly written one at that. As one who consumes espresso regularly and *energy drinks* occasionally, I can assert, experientially (corroborated by several friends & coworkers with whom I've discussed this in the past), that the defining active ingredient in Red Bull and its myriad spawn is Taurine, not Caffeine.

Conduct the experiment yourself: get a double espresso one night, followed the next night by an 8oz *energy drink* (adjust qtys. for your tolerance). Note the differing effects of the caffeinated espresso vs. the taurine+caffeine *energy drink*.

Kind of reminds me... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9226905)

...of my Ibiza clubbing days (1998-2000). Not being into illegal substances (then :)) I used to down numerous Red Bull and Vodka mixers and dance like Taz on acid till 6 in the morning, and then go on to daytime clubbing till 2 in the afternoon, repeat this for 2 weeks =0) ... looking back - at the ripe old age of 31 and with 2 kids - it's nothing short of a miracle that I didn't drop dead within a week! Energy drinks are bad mmmmkay? :o) But fun....

Missing Option (2, Funny)

MimsyBoro (613203) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226907)

Real men drink Bawls [] ...

Pah! I laugh! (5, Interesting)

Stephonovich (601356) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226913)

Fools! Try drinking SkyRocket spiked 24 ozs. bottles of Code Red, or better yet, Bawls! 100mg per oz... Just don't try it straight. Penguins soaked in it are quite good, though.

What's the most caffeine you've had, anyway? My above experience with SkyRocket spiking (plus spiked OJ and Coffee in the morning) resulted in about 1g (not mg, mind you) of caffeine intake over a period of about 6 hours. First time I've ever noticed my heartrate go up from caffeine. With my weigh of about 115 lbs, the LD-50 for me is around 7 grams.


Reporter has no Bawls...... (3, Informative)

iLL_L0gic (607165) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226917)

Honestly folks, out of all of us nerdy caffeine freaks, who hasn't tried the suculant taste of Bawls energy drink? I have sampled all of the major drinks on the market, and Bawls ranks in the top three on Taste, Power, and Look (Come on, the bottle is awesome). Do they not sell this stuff in New York? It would have been the one of the top three I'm sure.

"I was pleasantly amused by this story" (2, Funny)

gkuz (706134) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226918)

I was not pleasantly amused, I was downright awestruck by his reference to Pagan Pink Ripple as a "landmark beverage". I wish I could write like that.

Raise your hand if you have any recollection of this swill (or any recollection the day after comsuming it).

It's Norwegian. (1)

ForestGrump (644805) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226923)

It's called Blaa.
and what is Blaa in Norwegian?


Google translate doesn't do Norwegian to English.

Re:It's Norwegian. (2, Informative)

arabagast (462679) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226957)

this is probably meant to be "blå", which is the norwegian word for "blue". Never seen it in the stores here though..

From negative to postive in one day - neat :>

Re:It's Norwegian. (1)

ForestGrump (644805) | more than 10 years ago | (#9227013)

neg to postitive what? karma?
well keep up the informative posts then.


Re:It's Norwegian. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9226991)

"Blaa" means "blue" in norwegian. The word is actually spelled "blå", but the nordic letters æ, ø and å can replaced by "ae", "oe" and "aa" when writing in languages without æ, ø and å.

Did he discover time travel too? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9226924)



Published: May 23, 2004
Slowly but surely ..."

Apparently the author and/or NY Times seem to have made a significant breakthrough in one of the leading areas of physics research. Maybe that's why this is a 'science' article!!

- Hooeezit

Energy drinks are for pussies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9226934)

80 mg. Talk about lightweight. If you can't do over a gram without getting a buzz...

And for the price you'd be better off buying crack.

Why bother? (5, Funny)

pantycrickets (694774) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226945)

If you want to achieve the effects described in this article, why beat around the bush. Just get some cocaine. Compared to what these things cost, you might even be saving money.

But, for those who can't give up drinking their high.. there are new coca enhanced energy drinks coming out of Peru [] . Not coming into America any time soon, but still..

Blaa (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9226959)

Which, pronounced in Norwegian, would sound more like "blow" -- a common nickname for another popular stimulant. I would give it a day or two before the reporter tries "Blaa"...


MORE INTERESTING (5, Interesting)

Tandoori Haggis (662404) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226961)

would be a "scientific study" of the respective disolving powers of each drink. Since teeth vary, I guess we would initially need to establish,the parameters of the "average tooth" of the consumer in terms of its resistance to:

A: Carbonic acid
B: Phosphoric acid
C: Sodium Benzoate
D: Sugar activated plaque
E: Anything else in a drink including colours (colors), flavours, (flavors), preseratives etc.,

Once we establish the "average tooth", we need to obtain sufficient samples which are sufficiently similar in size, type and quality of dentyne layer.

Incidentally, we also ought to test fillings and see what happens to them. We could look for loosening due to tooth decay or the disolving of metal amalgum, (or whatever filler they use).

I'd be particularly interested in the gases liberated from metal fillings and glues/resins by the corrosive action of the acids.

While we are at it, IF these drinks are made from
domestic water, what effect does the fluoride have
on the tooth. Fluoride is added to water supplies so that poor unfortunate people who apparantly don't buy toothpaste don't have to worry about their teeth falling out.

Obituary: J Bloggs croaked on Friday due to liver failure as a result of Fluoride overdose. The Coroner did note however that the deceased had a lovely set of teeth.

While we are at it, where are MY RIGHTS? I didn't demand fluoride in the water. If you brush your teeth with toothpaste containing fluoride AND drink copious quantities of water containing Fluoride (BECAUSE SOME MF SOB DECIDED IT WAS IN YOUR BEST INTERESTS WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT!) they can get stained black. Whoopee! Might as well issue black crayons. Why are polititians and tooth fairy campaigners so IGNORANT of long term health issues. They wouldn't have shares in fluoride mines perhaps now would they???!!!

Colours, sweeteners and preservatives are used to make products attractive to look at and cheap to produce. Medical help and therapy costs millions, maybe billions$. WHO PAYS IN THE END?

Sorry for the soapbox moment but some stuff has to be said. least he can buy any softdrink he want to (3, Insightful)

rundgren (550942) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226963)

OT, but like he points out: "sale of Red Bull, the leading energy drink in Europe, has been restricted to pharmacies in some countries there because of its high caffeine content." Here in Norway they actually outlawed it completely (which can be done because we think are to good for the European Union and it's free trade...) Of course we are used ridicolous legislation regarding to anything remotely stimulating, after all I live in a country which has about the same maximum punishment for possession of larger amounts of cannabis as for murder in the first degree (21 years, (while rape typically gets you 3...))

Science? Caffine? (1)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226964)

I'm not falling for that [] again.

Skaterade (1)

WhatsAProGingrass (726851) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226979)

Has anyone tried the new Skaterade drink yet? This may be a bit off topic, but its supposed to be a new energy drink out there.

Caffeïne.. (1)

ZeroExistenZ (721849) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226983)

Most I know quitting caffeïne just turned out being better off; the only burden is going throught the headaches of withdrawal which are only temp (instead of returning each time you "forget your caffeine intake").

Former daily routine:
1. wake up, drink 2-3 mugs of strong black coffee to wake up.
2. Get a high out of it, bounce towards wherever I have to be.
3. arrive and feel sortof drained; Next intake of caffeine to get a new boost.
4. By noon; drained, burned up all my energy for the day already. New caffeine intake; the illusion I somehow get another boost.
5. during the day, trying to get as much caffeine as possible. Caffeine's fun! Freaking some people out with my abnormal / hyper appearance, hands shaking. (ate eraser while concentrating)
6. Dragging myself home, feeling drained, depressed; conclude it's just the way my life is. Maybe I should consider some changes..
7. Physically burned out, but hyper in mind. I try to sleep but I can't..
8. goto 1

Cocaine? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9226984)

Try that for a real buzz...just dont do to much like an 8ball.Why do so few nerds smoke weed or coke

hmm (1)

hitmark (640295) | more than 10 years ago | (#9226989)

im from norway and i dont recall ever seeing a product named blaa (or could it be blå/blue?). wtf is he talking about?

red bull is btw illegal here if iirc, some people have ended up with blackouts from mixing red bull and alcohol...

from what i understand guarana i added to help speed the uptake of the other stuff along. personaly i never understood whats so special about these drinks anyways. if anything they make me more sleepy, not less...

I guess caffeine does not affect me ... (1)

Furbot (772027) | more than 10 years ago | (#9227000)

I am seeing from the posts that there are at least a couple of other individuals like me. I could drink a pot of coffee and then go to sleep if I wanted to. Caffeine just does serve to wake and/or keep me up. I still enjoy a couple of soft drinks from a taste perspective, and I still enjoy a nice cup of coffee every once in while for the experience, but I do not need these products to wake myself up and I only drink them rarely. The alarm clock and a hot shower do more to get me up, and I tend to not even need the alarm clock as long as I allow myself at least 6 hours of sleep every night. I wish I was one of those people who could catch a buzz off a cup of joe, I feel like I am missing out on something.

SoBe Adrenaline rules (2, Interesting)

bigtrouble77 (715075) | more than 10 years ago | (#9227001)

I experimented with a few energy drinks prior to my trek out to new mexico from new jersey. I found that SoBe Adrenaline worked best for me. I never drink caffine and always get at least 8 hours sleep so I knew this would be system shock. My brother, on the other hand, who has ADD could find nothing that worked.

Just on Adrenaline I made it out there in under 40 hours only stopping for gas/bathroom. Not a huge accomplishment for most, but a triumph for me. When I got to the pan handle I was downing one almost every 30 minutes.

I did try Red Bull and some others on the way back but they didn't have close to the same kick. I really think the effectiveness of these drinks depends on the person.

Double Vodka & Red Bull (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9227009)

Never get drunk on these. Nothing worse then being drunk and not being able to sleep it off due to all the caffine in your system!
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