Shift workers in mining are being warned to minimise energy drinks in their diet to avoid the risk of health complications associated with caffeine toxicity.
According to WorkCover Qld, The Australian Medical Journal has reported an increase in energy drink-related reports to the Poisons Information Service in NSW.
Symptoms of caffeine toxicity include heart palpitations, headaches, nausea, vomiting and insomnia.
While many mine workers use energy drinks and caffeine to help stay alert during late and early hour shifts, WorkCover Qld warns against the practice as it could lead to over-tiredness and safety concerns when the effects of the stimulants wear off.
Sugary energy drinks are not the only stimulant under the spotlight. Flavoured milk containing high levels of caffeine have also come under scrutiny with a 600ml carton of Breaka Strong reportedly containing twice the amount (197mg) of caffeine as a standard 250ml cup of brewed coffee (80mg).
According to figures released by Sports Dietitians Australia Red Bull Energy drinks contain the most caffeine of all the energy drinks coming in at 80mg per 250ml serve.