With the lure of an over-the-counter jolt, kids are consuming more energy drinks than ever before and in many cases mixing them with alcohol. Through vivid interviews with teens and health experts, the video describes the many physical effects that these concoctions have including dizziness, fainting, heart palpitations, caffeine poisoning, headaches, fatigue, diminished concentration, anxiety, insomnia, shaking, nausea, and high blood pressure. Even more alarming is the trend of mixing these beverages with alcohol, thus allowing users to drink more alcohol than they normally would and putting them at a greater risk for alcohol poisoning. This program arms kids with the facts and gives a strong “no-use” message with particular emphasis on the real health risks of too much caffeine and the grave danger of combining alcohol and caffeine-spiked drinks.
DVD: video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts and pre/post tests in digital format
Video Librarian: 3 out of 4 Stars
Highly Recommended This video is an eye opener for teens and adults. Most have never considered the dangers of something that you can buy at a convenience store. Lured by a quick over-the-counter jolt, people are consuming more energy drinks than ever before and in many cases mixing them with alcohol. Using reenactments and interviews with teens and health experts, this video describes the negative side effects of high caffeine including long-term damage to the heart. This video also describes the alarming trend of mixing energy drinks with alcohol so that users may be putting themselves at a greater risk for alcohol poisoning. Concise, with an easy-to-understand message, this material explains the grave dangers of combining alcohol and caffeine-spiked drinks. When used with teens, the DVD sparked good conversation where students shared stories of their own or a friend’s experiences. A teacher’s resource book with a pre/post test, student activities, and facts sheets is included. Highly Recommended
- Donna Reed, Librarian, NBCT Library Media Specialist, Newark (Delaware) High School