Monster Energy Drink Addiction

Monster Energy drink addiction can be a problem for teens, adolescents and older working adults. Adolescents and adults may be consuming this beverage and the drug it contains -- caffeine -- to fight for increased energy and stamina. Monster Energy drinks abound, including low-cal and low-carb mixes, all packaged in the conspicuous black can sporting the Monster "M."

Addiction Defined

Addiction is a tricky word with a host of negative connotations. Addictions vary in degrees and by type -- there are physical and mental addictions. Those who think they may have a Monster Energy drink addiction must consider their type of addiction to fight it. Physical addictions usually have one or more adverse symptoms upon stopping the addictive substance -- typically called withdrawal. Psychological addictions will not stimulate any adverse physical effects when Monster Energy drink is stopped.


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Caffeine Addiction

Monster Energy drinks usually contain three key elements: sugar and caffeine, with a carbonated beverage as a base. Sugar and carbonated beverages are not addictive, but caffeine is. Symptoms of withdrawal from caffeine may include headaches, nausea, vomiting, lethargy and feelings of depression, according to "The New York Times." The Monster Energy XXL drink contains 240 mg of caffeine per can, more than four times the average caffeine content in sodas, which range from 22 mg to 46 mg.

Side Effects

Aside from the physical and mental need for caffeine, Monster Energy drink addicts may find weight gain as a side effect. Each can of Monster Energy XXL contains three servings. Those not interested in nutritional label reading might down an entire can and consume 300 calories from the beverage. The 81 g of sugar in Monster Energy XXL might act with the caffeine, leading to anxiety and increasing blood pressure.


Quitting the Caffeine

Daily doses of up to 400 mg per day of caffeine is OK for most adults, according to experts at the University of California. However, those who are pregnant or nursing, children and teens have special caffeine considerations and should aim for lower daily doses, if any. Like any other drug addiction, the uncomfortable period of withdrawal may scare people away from quitting. However, U.S. News Health says caffeine is completely out of the body within 12 to 24 hours after the last drink. That morning craving for an energy boost is just that -- the psychological manifestation of an addiction.




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