Life can be a handful at times, and, often, many find it hard to keep up with its blindingly fast pace. With all the pressure and stress that surrounds an individual at any given time, it is easy to lose sight of set goals. Many turn to stimulants or “uppers” to help them focus and keep their selves on track. Stimulants work by speeding up brain activity, directly affecting the central nervous system and several brain cells. This mechanism of action makes stimulants something of which to be wary, especially if being used without a prescription or against doctor’s orders. Energy drinks are a type of stimulant and should also be used with caution, especially since most people who use them are young students preparing for exams and young adults looking to enhance performance in the workplace.

The competitive nature of humans brings about the pressure to outperform one another, and this drives many to use different types of stimulants in an effort to enhance performance and increase their chances of “winning.” Some even resort to stronger stimulant variants like nicotine, methamphetamines, and Adderall. Cocaine and crack cocaine, renowned due to their highly addictive nature and their reputation as dangerous street drugs, are also types of stimulants. Although it serves specific medical purposes, the misuse of stimulants can lead to a host of undesirable side effects and complications that can even threaten an individual’s life. Excessive use and misuse of stimulants can cause headaches, stomach aches, increased heart rate and blood pressure, anxiety, and stroke.

Recently the increased and reckless consumption of energy drinks by teenagers and young adults has been largely ignored due to the general perception that these drinks are harmless. Although advertised as energy-boosting health drinks, these contain a cocktail of stimulants and other herbal supplements in different formulations. Regular and prolonged use can lead to the abuse of other stimulants and, likely, to addiction.