Energy drinks are a staple for those who need a caffeinated drink to give their mind and body a boost, but are loaded with sugar and caffeine, these drinks are known to boost athletic performance and boost productivity as well.

However, they are often put into controversy due to the numerous studies linking it to a risk of weight gain, belly fat accumulation, and even heart attacks and strokes.

According to verywellhealth, some types of energy drinks contain 21 teaspoons of sugar and as much caffeine as three cups of coffee – combined, this can do more harm than good.

According to York University experts, energy drink enthusiasts are more likely to suffer from sleep problems, irritability and headaches, and this also increases the risks of smoking and drinking habits.

How are energy drinks harmful to the human body?

The effect of energy drinks can last up to 12 days, and here is the hour-by-hour timeline of how energy drinks affect health.

The first 10 minutes
caffeine begins to enter the bloodstream, raising blood pressure and heart rate.

The first 45 minutes
caffeine levels peak to improve focus and alertness.

The first 50 minutes
the caffeine is absorbed, the liver begins to respond by absorbing sugar.

(2 hours)

This is when the sugar breakdown begins – when blood sugar levels drop and one may feel tired.

(five to six hours)

Reduces the caffeine content in the blood by 50%.

12 hours 12 hours
after finishing a drink, caffeine is eliminated from the bloodstream depending on age and activity.

12-24 hours

Now, one may begin to experience withdrawal symptoms such as constipation, headache, and irritability.

Seven to twelve days

By this time, the body becomes tolerant of the daily dose of caffeine.

“the seventh day”