I was just wondering about this today. I used some energy drinks when I was dealing with serious fatigue with my night MBA classes, but only then. And I have constantly wondered about the long-term effects of that much B vitamin consumption.
The impact on children can only be more significant. Good or bad, whichever side is right – that’s a lot of caffeine, B vitamins and, in many cases, just plain sugar being consumed.
The “Update” at the end is refreshing, by the way. That the author has always intended this to be a “call for…communication” is more meaningful than the many diatribes out there. The sides on this issue will argue emotionally, many times, but if this is a way of starting a dialogue, then I’m all for it.