October 2012 Archives

Deaths Caused by Monster Energy Drinks

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http://www.examiner.com/article/monster-energy-drink-cited-five-deaths-popular-teen-beverage-investigated

This does not correlate with teenage consuming alcohol, but with the concern of the death of a 14 year old female it becomes relevant to bring up. The female consumed two 24 ounce cans of Monster Energy in a two day period and her cause of death was heart arrhythmia due too an overdose of caffeine.

I do enjoy an energy drink every now and then to wake me up before I go out or start studying, but when someone dies because of them t really opens my eyes. The question I ask is who is to blame?

Nitrogen Cocktail Explodes in Teen

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http://everythinglubbock.com/fulltext?nxd_id=125142

This figuratively blew my mind! A young female from England went out for her 18th birthday, and ordered a drink that contained Nitrogen. After consuming the drink she became breathless had stomach pains. Her stomach became perforated and part of her stomach was removed. After the gastrectomy was done she remains in stable condition.

Nitrogen in an alcoholic beverage is appealing to look at, but has consequences when made improperly. When Nitrogen is in its liquid phase its sits at -321 Fahrenheit. With a temperature that low it can cause burns in your mouth and on down.

Personally I have never heard of anything of this matter. I was not aware that liquid Nitrogen was used in alcoholic beverages. This is a mistake that can and will bring awareness to the fact Nitrogen is not a substance that should not be allowed in drinks.

A question i found myself asking while I was reading this article is; shouldn't there be some sort of explanation given to the customer about the drink they ordered if it has Nitrogen in it?

Teenage Drinking and Driving on the Decline

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http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-teen-drinking-driving-down-20121002,0,1427985.story

This article describes the extreme decline of teenage drinking and driving by 54%! Teenage drinking is a major problem in the United States today, but this is an important start for us. On top of teens decline in drinking and driving; the national rates has declines as well from 22.3% to 10.3%. The state which holds the lowest drinking and driving rate is Utah with 4.6%, and the highest is North Dakota with 14.5%. Driving restrictions are in play with the decrease. Teenagers are not passing their drivers test as much, and a fact that caught me off guard, but makes complete sense, was the fact that gas rate are higher. We should celebrate the decline, and make sure it keeps declining!

A question I is more of a statement. I remember while I was in high school I did not get a lot of information in drinking. We were just told not to do it. I highly believe that a class should be taught in middle school or high school on the effects of drinking.

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