Energy drinks have been sold for nearly 30 years and are available in more than 165 countries including Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and all member states of the European Union.
A 250 ml single-serving of energy drink contains 80-100 mg of caffeine while a larger 473 ml can is limited to 180 mg of caffeine. A similar-sized 250 ml filter drip coffee may have up to two times as much caffeine, with an average of 179 mg.
Like other food and beverage products, energy drinks and their ingredients are regulated. The safety of energy drinks has been established by the world’s leading health authorities, including: Health Canada, the US Food & Drug Administration (USFDA), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), and the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).
With a science- and fact-based approach to research. Health Canada’s energy drink assessment, published in June 2013 concluded:
For adults “…two servings of a typical energy drink per day would not be expected to pose a health risk for the general adult population.”
For teens 12-18 years of age “the caffeine content of one or two servings of a typical energy drink (80mg caffeine/serving) would be unlikely to pose an acute health hazard.”