Dad’s dire energy drink warning after 12-can-a-day habit gave him a heart attack

A dad who had a heart attack caused by a serious addiction to energy drinks has issued a warning over the 'dangerous' beverages.

Lee Kamen, who owns The Vault bar, in Witham, Hull, collapsed from a heart attack after guzzling almost 12 cans of energy drinks a day.

After a shop sold his 10-year-old daughter a can of Monster this week, he has spoken out in a bid to educate adults and kids about the risks of excessive drinking of so-called energy drinks, Hull Live reports.

Lee, whose daughter Summer is at primary school, was served the caffeinated drink by a shop near her school, and when he saw it he "poured it straight down the drain".

Lee, 53, who has spent his life in the bar industry, said the drinks should be banned and he appealed to shop owners to be responsible for selling them to under-16s, as many supermarkets regulate themselves and refuse to sell them to children, but there is currently no law against it.

Lee, from Hull, had a heart attack in 2017 at the age of just 49, despite not drinking or smoking, and doctors quizzed him about drinking energy drinks.

"I was on 8 to 12 a day at the time, I was drinking Red Bull and Monster, I used to go to Makro for the pub and would buy cases of 24 cans and just drink them like any other drink," he said.

"I was working a lot and drank them to keep me going. This probably went on for about a year.

"One day I collapsed with a heart attack and had to have a stent fitted, I am now on medication for life due to those dangerous drinks.

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"When I was in hospital after the heart attack, the doctor told me the energy drink consumption was the cause. I didn't have a clue there was anything wrong with drinking them until then.

"It was a hell of a shock at the time, but now I am passionate about this issue."

Lee said his ten-year-old jumped in his car after school with a can of "Monster in her hand" but he confiscated it and informed her school.

Within minutes they emailed parents reminding them that their children should not be consuming the high-sugar, high caffeine drinks which can interfere with their behaviour and physical health.

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It is recommended that children and adolescents aged 12 to 18-years-old should not drink more than 100mg of caffeine a day, which is equivalent to a cup of coffee. Energy drinks contain from about 50 mg to a whopping 500 mg of caffeine per serving.

Increased caffeine levels consumed by children can cause a wide range of health consequences. Some of these adverse effects are serious enough to need medical help.

Former prime minister Teresa May attempted to make the banning of energy drinks for sale to under-16s a new law before she left Number 10, but the law appears to not have been passed by current PM, Boris Johnson.

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