What started out as an occasional Red Bull back in 1999 turned into a raging 2-3 a day habit that ultimately led to heart palpitations, mood swings, and a mouthful of cavities.
I did this show to share my two-decade long addiction to energy drinks, how I got off of them, and why I did.
After spending so many years drinking them and so many thousands of dollars buying them, I feel confident in saying that it’s a terrible and wasteful habit. Although I love them and miss drinking them, my decision to quit on January 1, 2020 was one of the best health related decisions I’ve ever made.
Caffeine addiction is relatively common and the U.S. spends upwards of $3 billion annually on energy drinks alone. Given the fact that other than the actual caffeine, there is very little (or nothing) beneficial to the human body in them. I never really thought I had a problem and figured it was normal to drink them all day, every day. I’d go to bed looking forward to my first sip of my Monster Zero and had cases of them lined up in my garage so I never ran out.
I had quit a few times and gone through some serious withdrawal symptoms but always ended up back on them. I spent 20 years off and on (mostly on) drinking them daily and it wasn’t until my girlfriend started expressing her concerns about my health that I started taking my addiction seriously. It got to a point where I couldn’t even start my day without an ice-cold orange Monster Zero in my hand and my day revolved around the time I could drink my next one.
Ironically, I didn’t get any energy from them and in fact, it was the opposite. I felt like crap all the time and my heart would start beating erratically throughout the day, which made me nervous. And it was at the urging of my girlfriend that I finally committed to giving them up for good and that’s exactly what I did at the start of 2020. Since then, I’ve adopted some much healthier habits and feel far better now than I did before.
And I hope that my story helps you make a good decision if you’re struggling with own energy drink habit.