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Red Bull Linked to DEATHS #NHBPM

Day 19 – Monday, Nov. 19 Questions I have for other mental health patients #NHBPM

Chato Stewart: {Flying with butterfly wings}
Signs: [Depression] {caution sign with Down Arrow}
Caption: Red Bull Mania Gives You Wings.

It’s day 19 of drawing daily cartoons for the National Health Blog Post Month (#NHBPM) at @WEGOHEALTH blog party.

Energy drinks are in the news. There are some very negative side-effects peers dealing with emotional/mood swings SHOULD be aware of since it COULD affect our recovery!

Food and Drug Administration publicly released records citing The Center for Food Safety Adverse Event Reporting System (CAERS) many instances drinking RED BULL sent people to the E.R. and that some had a LIFE THREATENING condition and is listed in a handful of deaths. The report comes on the heals of the news story 5-Hour Energy Drinks Cited in 13 Deaths.  So I guess one could say, the makers of the energy drink are not FALSELY advertizing saying  “RED BULL gives you wings,” a harp and a halo.

“If someone is to use multiple cans, now is when we start to see some of the side effects,” Dr. Sean Patrick Nord, USC Director of the Section of Toxicology, told ABC News. “You’re getting astronomical amounts, 30 to 40 cups of coffee.”

I think this all comes down from a simple rule we can follow, “The eating of too much honey is not good!”  Still, when I read over the symptoms that send people to the E.R. I could not help but see how such a drink COULD adversely affect peers suffering with mental health issues.

EXACERBATE  Negative Moods

RED BULL– it’s mania in a can!

You would not put a fire out by trying to drench it with gasoline!  No! Of course  not. We know the second we would, there would be a massive fire ball and we too could get second degree or third degree burns.  Here are just some of the symptoms reported after drinking Red Bull and other energy drinks:


My caution is Evidencebased to be careful drinking these mood boosters when you live with a mood disorder.  Last thing you want is to crash and end up in the hospital.

The problem with many of these drinks– there will be a crash or mood drop dramatically. While Red Bull gives you wings and could exacerbate mood swings or bipolar mania, it can also drop you like an imploding bomb sucking down into deep depression.

Why risk it?

I Can’t Stay Awake -Tips For Staying Awake

If you are having problems staying awake (Sleeping Issues) here are a few natural tips:

Harvey Diamond is a Health & Wellness Advocate and New York Times #1 Bestselling Author in his new book Eat For Life he says if you want more ENERGY then eat an apple!

Dr. Oz says the most common complaints received in the medical community are regarding  sleep issues. People say, “Dr., I am always tired…”  The doctor recommends get moving!  Walk outside, Run Up and Down the Stairs, it will re-energize you naturally.

One of my favorite tips for staying awake is go to sleep! Yes, getting 6 to 8 hours sleep each day is the best, natural way to stay awake.  If you can’t, then the other sleep tip is to take micro-naps. Take a siesta!

Take a Nap to Take the Edge Off Sleepiness

There are two things to remember about naps: Don’t take more than one and don’t take it too close to your bedtime. “Nap between five and 25 minutes,” says Barry Krakow, MD, author of Sound Sleep, Sound Mind: Seven Keys to Sleeping Through the Night.



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Red Bull Linked to DEATHS #NHBPM

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels).

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Stewart, C. (2012). Red Bull Linked to DEATHS #NHBPM. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 30, 2020, from


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