Armed Forces News

The high use of energy drinks among combat troops is triggering serious health concerns among Pentagon health experts. Following a December blog published by the Defense Department, a West Point instructor published an article on the Modern War Institute’s web site contending that prolonged use of energy drinks overtaxes the body and prohibits the body from relaxing once stressful times have passed. With their high concentrations of caffeine and taurine, the drinks can trigger anxiety and physiological damage, wrote Sgt. 1st Class Eddie Jackson, of the U.S. Military Academy’s Department of Military Instruction. Taurine, in low doses, can mitigate the effect of caffeine. Experts like Jackson say that high intake of taurine is unsafe. “As soon as soldiers consume these drinks, it triggers the same chemical responses and physiological changes they experienced downrange in combat,” Jackson wrote. “Their bodies increasingly crave these chemicals.” Ultimately, overconsumption can trigger insomnia, depression, high blood pressure, and other maladies, Jackson wrote.