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Many high-caffeine "energy" drinks containing double or triple the amount of caffeine found in traditional soda are causing near heart attack conditions in some young people.

Doctors are finding more and more young patients who need to be treated after drinking too many "energy" drinks on dares, to stay awake to study or to stay up and play video games. Symptoms like dizziness, fainting, dehydration, heart palpitations, seizures and excessive heart rate are resulting in emergency room visits and sometimes death.

MySpace and YouTube users who feature videos about the drinks and their excessive consumption on their pages have served to augment the trend (Katharine Mieszkowski, "Spiked!" Reader's Digest, July 2007).

The biblical principle of moderation in all things (Philippians 4:5, King James Version) should especially include substances such as caffeine that can dramatically affect one's state of mind. Relying on caffeine drinks for energy instead of adequate sleep and a balanced diet can lead to serious consequences.