You Should Probably Stop Drinking Energy Drinks

You might turn to a Red Bull or Monster energy drink when you need a boost, but the habit is doing your body, brain and even your reputation much more harm than good.

Most popular energy beverages are packed with sugar, caffeine and other stimulants that work to keep you amped for hours at a time. This combination is dehydrating, according to Brown University’s Health Services, and that can lead to headaches and fatigue — the opposite feelings you want when you drink energy drinks in the first place. Just as it does in coffee, the caffeine can prompt your body to build a tolerance, meaning you’ll start requiring even more of it to reap the same energy effects. And that can become a dangerous and costly habit.

Nothing in moderation can be that bad for you, right? That’s just not the case for energy drinks: A recent study that found consuming just one of these beverages can increase the risk for poor heart health.

Even if you have a dismissive attitude about your health, you should forego the canned buzz if you care about how others perceive you. A study published in the journal Health Psychology revealed that straight men with an affinity for energy drinks are more likely to be homophobic and misogynistic. Swipe left.

You can find other convincing reasons to quit the go-go juice in the DNews video above. If you need an alternative, here are 10 ways to wake up without a mega-shot of caffeine.

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