Couch Cat: An energy drink high

08 February 2019
Author   Jackie Wilson Asheeke
I stayed up to watch the Super Bowl last weekend, where the New England Patriots defeated the LA Rams.  The game aired at 1:30 am – Monday morning, our time.  It didn’t finish until nearly 5:00 am. 
I paid the price for staying up so late by falling asleep at my desk by 3:00 pm later that day.  To revive myself, I drank an energy potion in a can.  That stuff is a kick in the pants (figuratively speaking), and is not as harmless as people say. 
These drinks have lots of something called ‘taurine’ in them; others have mostly caffeine.  They also contain a slew of vitamin B ranges, something called pantothenic acid and sodium. 
Taurine is an amino acid found in many foods.  It has been shown to have several health benefits, such as a lower risk of disease and improved sports performance.  It is also supposedly safe and has no known side effects when taken in reasonable doses, though taking it too often can hurt your kidneys. (
Worse, I have also consumed ‘energy shots’ that are concentrated dosages of the vitamins and chemical compounds in the energy drinks.  I was shocked to read that the energy shots contained 1000mg of taurine.  I have stayed up late night writing and editing and for a pick-me-up the next day, I drank those little bottles of WOW!
As someone who tries very hard to NOT consume questionable products, I amaze myself that I drink these energy boosting things.
On energy shots or drinks, I am like a revved V-8 engine in an enclosed garage. 
As someone who is already ‘high energy’ and uses fast English and talks too much, my rapid fire speech jumps up to a higher notch when I’ve had an energy drink.  Also, I heard a southern accent creeping into my words and I use ‘hood slang more often as I speak.  In addition, I also get an attack of the giggles. It’s weird when a middle aged woman giggles.
The energy drinks keep my mind sharp; but maybe too sharp.  On energy drinks, I fly through work assignments and while they are correctly done, I am not necessarily more creative and my mind moves too fast to have much imagination.  I just do what needs doing in a hurry.
However, after four or five hours, these energy drinks and shots wear off.  My droopy-eyes begin and I get jittery and itchy.  My hands tremble slightly. Then, I get the munchies; potato sticks and brownies are my weaknesses, though my thunder thighs celebrate.
I have decided that energy drinks are a temporary fix for an occasional sleep deprivation situation, but never should be a normal beverage of choice.
I have tried the cute little vitamin B-12 shots as well; they pick-me-up on a droopy afternoon.  These work too and have no ‘let down’ as they wear off.   However, they cost $N30-N$40 each, and that’s a bit pricy for me.  I have no brand loyalty to the energy drinks and get whatever is on sale, usually for N$9.99 per can or the shots for N$17 each.
The anthem:  “all things in moderation” must apply to energy drinks.
College students who live on energy drinks as a way of staying up late into the night to study, are living on a dream.  Worker-folk who stay up late and take energy shots to make it through the next day, need to limit those occasions. There is no way you are healthy and at your best while high on energy drinks than you would be after a good night’s sleep.   Handle energy drinks and shots with care.


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