questionswhat is your take on energy drinks/shots?

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Energy drinks/shots have a lot of sugar and/or caffeine. It'll give you the boost, but it will also bring you down. I stay away from it because I find the content of it really bad for the body. ESPECIALLY the amount of sugar! I have diabetics in my family and I make an effort to watch what I eat. There are a lot articles online with natural/alternate ways to boost your energy...

http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/10-natural-ways-to-boost-your-energy-and-fight-fatigue
http://noedb.org/library/features/50_ways_to_boost_your_energy_without_caffeine
http://www.webmd.com/diet/fiber-health-benefits-11/fatigue-fighters-six-quick-ways-boost-energy

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i've also been drinking energy drinks almost daily at work. amp, full throttle, and there's a generic brand my supermarket sells which i buy most of all. i recently started buying the sugar free generics which are not as sweet but i figure it's better for me and the tart taste just helps wake me even more

the 5 hour energy shots are good for quick consumption like on the road but at my desk i sip regular can drinks

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I love them, I know they are not good for me.

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I switched over to good old fashioned 8 hours of a sleep per night and am cutting soda out of my diet. I sleep better and wake up rested after a day without caffeine. Not trying to preach, just telling what I did

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I drink coffee in the morning a lot. I don't think it works anymore since I've been a coffee drinker ever since my grandma got me hooked at age 6. Also those 5 hour energy drinks always take too long to kick in for me. One time, I went to see a movie with some friends after working from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm and wanted to stay awake through the movie. I drank the 5 hour energy around 6, with the movie starting at 7. I dozed off in the movie and wound up staying awake until 4:30 am. The next day SUCKED. But I recommend using the 5 hour energy drinks. They're "all natural" so they can't be bad for you if you drink like 8 of them in a row can they? (Yes, I know that can't be good)

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I used to live on energy drinks through college. They would be great for when you needed to stay up late to finish up on next day's report. While I know they aren't good for you, I would only drink them when I needed them.

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good for an occasional boost. I like 5 hour better than others. Monster gives me indigestion.

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There are sugar-free energy drinks. The Monster Absolute Zeros taste almost exactly like the regular ones (not like a coke/diet coke thing).

Also, there is no solid proof that sucralose (the artificial sweetener used in energy drinks) has negative side effects. The only thing you have to worry about is a possibly glycemic index spike (tells your body to start storing fat), as your body will react similarly to the artificial sugar. But at least you're not dealing with diabetic problems.

I absolutely love them, I drink about one monster every other day average, just cuz I love the taste so much!

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I've never even tried most of those drinks and don't like the ones that I have tried (Red Bull and Cocaine are the only ones that come to mind).

I do like, and drink, strong coffee, averaging about 2-1/2 (11 oz) cups a day. When I find that I crave more than three cups, I stop using all caffeine for about three days, to reduce my tolerance for it. BTW- coffee is black or with whole milk or half'n'half, never with sugar.

When I am very tired and need to be able to focus, sometimes I'll smoke a cigarette (nicotine is a wonderful drug) or use pseuphedrine, though I hate the way it dries me out.

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Caffeine, like any drug, is something you build a tolerance to. If you are taking one a day its probably hard to imagine life without it. Going cold turkey is a bad idea, but gradually weening yourself off it probably is. I prefer to use coffee/caffeine in small amounts when I really need to focus hard, and get something done. I find myself drinking coffee for every day about a week or two, then I will take a few weeks and only drink tea, and gradually less and less of it until I can go a full day without either. This keeps the affect caffeine has on me to a maximum while limiting the side effects it can have.

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@csunwold: Holy cow. I went cold turkey this week and the headaches are just vicious. My daily habit was 2 very strong cups O' Joe. I didn't think I would get withdrawals symptoms. Silly me.

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@csunwold: @dreamyvelvet: I read all you need is a very minimum to keep the side affects away. Even decaff coffee has enough to keep the side affects away.

I work in a place that distributes energy drinks among other things. Our buyers keep me supplied.
I do keep to my "no more then 1 a day", by sipping it. I prefer sugar free.

5 hour is old school they have 12 hour energy now.

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i use on an as need basis...maybe 5 or 6 a month

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@csunwold: Very good points. But, as side-effects are, they are different with everyone. While some people might suffer head-aches from going cold-turkey, others will be completely fine. At my military academy, I spent the last two weeks of a given semester averaging about 3 cups of coffee and 2 energy drinks in an 18 hour work day, after finals week ended, I stopped completely with no side-effects. It has a lot to do with your metabolism, I think.

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@csunwold:

I agree with most of what you've stated, but as @dmaz point out, different people react differently.

When I'm on one of my caffeine "fasts" I sometimes get a mild headache late on the second day (about 36 hours after my last cup of coffee). As @caffeine_due wrote, even a very small amount of caffeine will stop my headache (I'll usually have a small cup of Taster's Choice decafe, unless it is late enough that I'm just going to bed anyway.)

I do know that some people get horrible headaches if they cut it completely without weaning themselves off of it.