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June 03, 2009


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You know you should check your facts before posting. "one can of NOS has almost 1,200 mg caffeine compared to a cup of coffee's 30 to 50 mg caffeine" is false by a mile. NOS contains 172mg caffeine

Sharon McEachern

I question the wisdom of responding to someone who has chosen the name "scum," if reflective of their character, but I'll give it a try.

The amount of caffeine in a drink depends on the quantity. Regular NOS comes in at least 3 sizes -- 11 oz, 16 oz and 22 oz. You neglected mentioning a size in your comment to go with your caffeine amount, just as I did in the post. In fact, you could be false by at least half a mile, Scum.

If a person were to drink 18 oz of NOS Power Shot, they would consume 1,125 mg caffeine. (Yes, a kid might do just that, glugging 2 oz at a time! In fact, a group of kids might easily make it a game.)

Additionally, people -- particularly kids --often get confused by ingredient labels and don't realize that caffeine amounts listed usually mean "per serving" and there might be a number of servings in a drink can or bottle. (Actually most kids probably don't even look at the label)

My intention was to emphasize that there are products with extremely high amounts of caffeine, with potentially disastrous health consequences, especially for kids and teenagers. That still holds true.


I see what you are saying about the energy shots. And of course they are not meant for young people. They are kept behind counters or on the counters at conveinience stores, and I have been asked for an ID when I try to buy the more intense shots (Redline Power Rush, 325mg per bottle).
Places like drug stores and chain stores have the products on the shelves, but when being rung up an ID check sceen come up for the cashier. Self scan? you can't finish your order untill a cashier comes over and sees your ID. But do you really think someone would sell a young teen $40 worth of energy shots?

Personally I don't think that people under 18 should have access to energy shots. Drinks on the other hand are a different story. I think that most energy drinks have such a low level of caffeine that they don't present much threat. Of course that depends on the individual as well. There is less caffine in n 8oz Red Bull than the standard 20oz bottle of Mountain Dew.


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