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I understand the pain of the family, but it says right on Monster drinks, and every other energy drink I have seen, that they are not intended for children or those sensitive to caffeine. 14 year olds might think they rule they world, but they are still children, and it is up to parents to teach their kids about this stuff. I realize kids do things out of the sight of parents, but it seems by the articles on this story that the parents knew she was consuming energy drinks. The fault of that is on the parents, not Monster.
This is ridiculous. People need to take responsiblity for their own actions. Is drinking 24 oz of over the top caffeine a good idea? Probably not. Is it the fault of the manufacturer that someone decides to do it? No.
if she truly had an existing heart problem and she was allowed to consume caffeine at the rate the article says, the parents should be charged with negligence.
I believe the parents have been charged with enough neglegance (the death of their teenage daughter). It's hard to comprehend how the beverage maker is at fault here. If the girl had had two alcoholic drinks and they attributed her heart complication to that, the parents would be the only ones to blame, not the alcohol. The parents are just pointing fingers, remember how many are pointing back!
Energy drinks such as Monster are potentially dangerous and should be regulated as such. In other words, not sold directly to children.
The cumulative effect of caffeine on a daily basis can easily put someone over the recommended 400 mg marker. Consuming all natural drinks is a much safer route. Solixir's "Awaken", FRS, Honest Tea's "Jasmine Green Energy" are examples. Solixir's Awaken is made with 100% all natural ingredients and botanicals and contains no added sugar. A 16-ounce Monster energy drink contains a whopping 160 mg of caffeine while Awaken contains 30 mg. Most popular energy drinks contain over 100 mg of caffeine, which no doubt can have quite an effect on the human body.
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