Researchers say that energy drinks alter your heartbeat. AFP/Relaxnews
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Nearly two thirds of Lebanese school and college students consume energy drinks, new research has found, exposing them to potential health risks ranging from heart illnesses to obesity.Many students also consume alcoholic energy drinks that can have even worse health effects, and large numbers are unaware of the potential harm, experts said.Nearly two-thirds of the participants consumed energy drinks, and half of those combined the energy drinks with alcohol, particularly vodka. Males consumed three times more energy drinks than females.Nearly a third of the students suffered from adverse health effects that could be linked to the energy drinks, including tachycardia, a condition where a person's heart beats faster than normal.Salameh said that public awareness campaigns to highlight the negative effects of energy drinks ought to be conducted, as well as stricter control over who can buy alcoholic energy drinks.
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