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Dangers of energy drinks subject of forum

The Penn State Berks Health and Wellness Committee will sponsor a forum titled “It’s Red Bull &^%#!: The Myths and Dangers Behind America’s Energy Drinks” on Monday, March 14, 2011 from 6–7 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center Multipurpose Room. This forum is free and open to the public.
 
Eric Marlow Garrison is an international public health speaker who addresses America’s universities, Greek letter organizations, and athletic teams. He will talk about the risks and myths of caffeinated drinks alone and when mixed with alcohol. Garrison will also discuss noncaffeinated alternatives to energy management suitable for the college student, athlete, or administrator, as well as take questions from the audience.
 
According to Garrison, caffeinated beverages are dangerous alone and when mixed with alcohol. They cannot boost athletic, academic, or sexual performance, nor can they speed up weight loss. The most dangerous aspect of all is how they can mask intoxication, leading to poor decision making, drunk driving, alcohol poisoning, and even death.

For more information, please contact the Health and Wellness Committee at 610-396-6075.
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