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A 16-Year-Old High School Student Died Due to Caffeine Overdose

Be aware of your caffeine intake!
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If you're one to down as many caffeinated drinks as it takes to keep you pumped and wide awake while pulling all-nighters or enduring finals week, you might want to rethink your strategy.

Davis Allen Cripe, 16, a high school student from South Carolina died last month due to too much caffeine intake. He reportedly collapsed at around 2:30 pm last April 26 at the Spring Hill High School. The causes of his death were three different drinks—a cafe latte, large Diet Mountain Dew, and an energy drink—which he consumed over the course of two hours.

The caffeine in his body exceeded the safe level, which led his heart to function out of rhythm. Contrary to what most people think, David didn't suffer a heart attack, nor did he have a pre-existing condition that was worsened by his intake of those drinks. It was really just in the total amount of caffeine in the drinks that led to his passing. (via complex.com)

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So how much is too much caffeine? According to Mayo Clinic, the acceptable or safe amount of caffeine in a healthy adult's body (emphasis on adult) is 400 milligrams per day. That's around four cups of brewed coffee, 10 cans of soda, or two energy drinks. Since our bodies function differently than that of an adult, teens are advised to take lesser amounts (understandable) and are highly discouraged to mix caffeinated drinks with alcohol.

As for keeping tabs on your caffeine, you can try these tips:

Read labels carefully.

Make sure to check the labels to see how much caffeine is in your drink. Whatever amount they put, use it as a rough estimate—the caffeine in the drink can be more or less than what's written.

Replace your usual drink with a smaller size.

If you don't like checking how much caffeine is in your drink, swap your usual size with a smaller one. That way you're sure that you're getting less of everything.

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