GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Colorado Mesa University students are spending their days cramming for finals and a way some said they stay awake is by drinking more caffeine, but that comes with some scary side effects.
According to health experts, caffeine acts as a stimulant in the body and if you drink too much your body could react negatively, which might land you in the hospital from overdosing.
Drinking 1,000 milligrams, or four Venti drinks from Starbucks, can be enough for some to overdose.
A person without sensitivity to caffeine and other health conditions can drink 200 to 300 milligrams of caffeine a day, which equals two to four cups of coffee or one 16 oz. energy drink, but even that amount can create dependency which can take a toll on you.
"If you rely on those things too much you can wear out your body your adrenal glands get overtaxed which can cause them to not function properly," Dr. Daniel Lonquist.
Instead of downing an energy drink, eating fresh fruits and vegetables and non-processed foods will give your body the needed nutrients to keep you alert and awake.
Dr. Lonquist also said getting enough sleep to rest your mind and body is also important.