Doctors Thought She Was An Alcoholic - She Nearly Ruined Her Liver With This Drink

Whether it’s drug addiction, alcoholism or something else entirely, your body can be irreparably damaged by substance abuse. One English woman recently found out that energy drinks could be just as damaging as alcohol after she was struck with severe stomach pain and swelling. The 26-year-old mother, Mary Allwood, was subsequently rushed to the emergency room with serious liver problems.

Despite spending more than $3000 on Red Bulls every year, Ms. Allwood found that she had developed a dependency on the energy drink, saying: "I needed it and I didn't care at the time what damage it was doing to me. If I didn't get my fix I would be miserable and grumpy and it just wasn't an option - I would make sure I got it."

When doctors examined Ms. Allwood, they initially thought she was an alcoholic with the young mother saying: "They kept talking about alcohol and asking how much I drank. They said my liver looked the same as someone who was an alcoholic and that's when I said I drank at least 12 Red Bulls a day. They looked at me in disgust." Unbeknownst to Ms. Allwood, her daily consumption of Red Bulls, a caffeine-based energy drink, was equivalent to 17 chocolate bars and 16 sugary cups of coffee. The sugary, caffeine-rich drink had placed immense stress on Ms. Allwood’s system, causing her liver to swell to twice its normal size.

Luckily for Ms. Allwood, doctors were able to stabilize her condition, ordering her to stop consuming any energy drinks. The terrifying health scare has prompted the former ‘energy drink’ addict to speak out about the dangers of drinks like Red Bull, saying: "Now the thought that anyone can go to the shops and buy it makes me so worried. I think it should be treated as if it is alcohol and cigarettes." Ms. Allwood’s views have been supported by research from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Dawn Report and the findings of a PhD senior research scientist at the University at Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions. These findings indicated that energy-drink-related hospitalizations are on the rise, affirming that energy drink companies need to be more upfront about the ingredients in these potentially dangerous beverages.

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