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DoD Health Experts Want Troops to Cut Back on Energy Drinks

January 10, 2017

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U.S. military health officials are warning service members that chugging too many energy drinks can have harmful side effects.

Energy drinks come in small containers and extra-large cans with labels that promise increased energy and performance.

They became the beverage of choice over water for many service members during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research analyzed data collected during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2010 and found that nearly 45 percent of deployed service members consumed at least one energy drink daily. Nearly 14 percent reported drinking three or more per day.

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