In my experience, energy drinks are actually way more draining than they should be. One day I had to pull an all-nighter for a dance rehearsal and tried a sugar free Red Bull. I felt fantastic for the first 5 minutes then nearly passed out because my blood sugar dropped rapidly. If you want energy, there are thousands of healthier, more nourishing options than chemicals and ODing of caffeine.
From my experience, they do give a lot of energy short-term but with a price of extreme fatigue/tiredness when it wears off (the so called 'crash'). The ones I've tried give energy because of the high amounts of caffeine and sugar (and when the one's sugar levels drop afterwards, that is the 'crash'). I've found that the 'crash' can be somewhat avoided in my experience if I don't drink it on an empty stomach or don't consume the entire drink quickly (space it out in a matter of an hour). I've given them up though because of the palpitations I've gotten from drinking them.
I use to drink a lot of Monster and red bull energy drinks before work. often times, mid shift I'd crash usually around lunch time. Then I'd eat and go right back into work. It seems to provide a temporary boost of energy that results in a crash that is often worst than the provided energy. If one were to drink this every day however, the body would start craving it each day and soon that person might find it harder to stop drinking the energy drink, thinking that they need it to do anything at all. In this sense, the addiction to it and the reliability on the drink, is what people assume is given energy. Not my idea of energy. I think we should rely on natural foods, foods closest to nature to give us energy.
I don't think that drinking energy drinks is cool. They're loaded with sugar and preservatives. Also, they're addicting. I guess they can give you a temporary boost of energy, but it's just not worth it.
"I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” ― Audrey Hepburn
Saying they are addicting is like saying cocaine is just a drug. If you drink one of these a day for a week, you will have a hard time trying to not drink them the next week. These sugary drinks let your body think that it needs it to focus. That is more than a little scary for my liking.I don't think that drinking energy drinks is cool. They're loaded with sugar and preservatives. Also, they're addicting. I guess they can give you a temporary boost of energy, but it's just not worth it.
A lot of energy drinks contain huge amounts of sugar, caffeine and aminoacids that also happen to be neurotransmitters (or precursor forms of neurotransmitters). This triad combination is making the body go on:
1) a sugar high,
2) being numbed to the actual amount of tiredness,
3) going on a fight or flight mode, or 'emergency' mode.
Surely we all wake up after consuming a can of Monster/Redbull but that doesn't mean that our body should be strained so far. At the moment of the triad-high the consumer doesn't feel that they stretch themselves too far because the 'weariness alerts' from the brain are inhibited by caffeine. While a similar thing happens with coffee consumption, the other two components of the drink bring the user in a state of mania. Very focused, very confident, very productive and creative (though sometimes also paranoid).
This constant 'running' of every bodily system then comes to a crashing halt when the caffeine and/or amine neurotransmitters' effect wears off. The 'crashing' is your brain finaly sending you a ton of neuronal "damage report messages" (as pain, numbness and irritability) plus the symptoms of hypoglycemia: being hungry & angry -or "hangry" as some call it- seeing stars and beign at the edge of collapse.
So whatever energy they give you is only from the content of sugar and driving your systems in overdrive. In the end this all comes with a cost to your metabolism.
I wouldn't have thought drinking energy drinks is cool, to be honest. As to their efficacy in giving you energy?! I honestly don't know because I hate the taste so much, the most I've ever had of an energy drink is a mere sip.