According to a report in the Daily Mail, a mother who drank up to 20 cans of Red Bull a day for four years damaged her liver so badly doctors were convinced she was an alcoholic.
Mary Allwood was consuming the equivalent of 17 Mars bars of sugar and 16 cups of coffee of caffeine.
She started off by drinking just one or two cans daily. But her tolerance quickly grew and she had to begin drinking more and more red bull to achieve that same push she craved so much.
AN MRI SCAN REVEALED THAT HER LIVER WAS TWICE ITS NORMAL SIZE. DOCTORS WERE CONVINCED SHE WAS AN ALCOHOLIC
The woman who spent more than £2,300 a year on the drinks, would stash the cans all over the house.
She was forced to face her addiction when she was admitted to hospital with pain, and an MRI scan revealed her liver was twice the normal size, leading doctors to believe she was an alcoholic.
Prolonged intake of excessive alcohol can cause inflammation of the liver and may contribute to fibrosis, leading to cirrhosis. But a diet laden with sugar can lead to build-up in the liver, which can cause it to become dramatically inflamed and develop scarring and lumps.
“If I didn’t have any in the fridge I would walk to the shop and get two,” she said.
“I’d drink the first one in three sips, and then try and make the second one last longer.
“I would go to the supermarket and get 10 multipacks at a time. I’d tell the person at the till that I had a restaurant and buying them for that reason.”
Her weight shot up from a size 16 to a size 24, and she wasn’t drinking any other fluid apart from Red Bull.
The Red Bull website states that health authorities across the world have concluded that the drink is safe to consume and one can contains 80mg of caffeine – the same as a cup of coffee.
Like any foods or beverages, energy drinks should be consumed in moderation and as part of a balanced and varied diet and healthy lifestyle.