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A man who drank four energy drinks a day wound up in the ER for liver damage and hepatitis



According to a study in the British Medical Journal, a 50-year-old construction worker wound up in the hospital after drinking four to five energy drinks a day for several weeks. 

ER doctors questioned the man about all his intakes, including food, drink, drugs and medicine. The man did not smoke, did not drink alcohol, and did not use drugs. He did, however, let them in on his energy drink habit.

This set off some warning bells -- there are other cases where increased energy drink consumption caused liver damage. 

How can the drinks hurt you? 

The man was tested, and sure enough, he tested positive for elevated liver enzymes (meaning his liver was damaged) and also for acute hepatitis. 

So why do these beverages hurt people? Well, doctors say that they typically contain a large amount of vitamin B3, or Niacin. In fact, some drinks contain as much as twice a person's daily recommended dose of Niacin. 

Too much Niacin can be toxic and can shut down your liver. 

The story has prompted a wave of energy-drink hate online. 

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