Gamer Ends up Comatose After Drinking 4-Liters of Energy Drink

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Gamer Ends up Comatose After Drinking 4-Liters of Energy Drink

14-year old Henrik Eide Dahl fell comatose with kidney failure after consuming 4-liters of energy drink during a 16-hour LAN party.

There are times when caffeine can be a gamer's best friend. When you're a teenager looking to maximize the hours you have to put into Skyrim, for instance, a nice hit of Coke (the Cola variety, of course) can be perfect to keep your eyes open even when your brain's begging for them to shut. That being the case, there are limits to what caffeine can and, more importantly, should do. For instance, if you find yourself comatose, you may want to reevaluate how many energy drinks you're consuming.

That's a lesson that Henrik Eide Dahl to learn the hard way. Dahl, a 14-year old resident of Norway, recently landed himself in the hospital after he drank four liters of energy drink during a 16-hour Call of Duty LAN party. "I was playing Call of Duty. Then everything went dark and I passed out," said Dahl. Dahl was flown to a hospital where he was treated for kidney failure and fell into a coma. After he fell unconscious he was kept alive with a respirator and a drip. "When I woke up, I was terrified. The first thing I remember from the hospital is that my brothers were sitting at the edge of the bed and crying."

Dahl spent 13 days in the hospital where doctors treated him for damage to his lungs, kidneys, cardiovascular and central nervous systems. Even after being released he's still on medication to help recover. Government officials, in turn, aren't sure if caffeine alone was necessarily behind Dahl's hospitalization. "I've never heard of such a powerful reaction to caffeine here in Norway," said Margrete Meltzer from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. "But there are more substances in energy drinks than caffeine, including some amino acids and artificial sweeteners, so it may be a combination of several things in the drink that has triggered the reaction." Regardless of which chemicals put Dahl in his "life-threatening" situation, we feel safe in saying that four liters of caffeinated anything is a bit much.

Source: The Local

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Jesus Christ, man! Even a pair of Mountain Dew bottles won't do that! Ya have to space apart the dosage!

(The Mountain Dew binges can happen alot in college. I've known friends who did. Nothing life-threatening, but not exactly healthy either. In any case, these things are frigging dangerous!)

8 cans in 16 hours isn't much, so the must have already been something pretty badly wrong with him.

Crazy Zaul:
8 cans in 16 hours isn't much, so the must have already been something pretty badly wrong with him.

Granted, it was a 16 hour LAN, no one said anything about him spacing them apart.

Do kids at LAN parties shotgun Monsters like kids at college parties shotgun beers?

Crazy Zaul:
8 cans in 16 hours isn't much, so the must have already been something pretty badly wrong with him.

Don't those 1/2 liter cans have warning labels stating 'do not consume more than one can a day'?

StewShearer:
When you're a teenager looking to maximize the hours you have to put into Skyrim, for instance, a nice hit of Coke (the Cola variety, of course) can be perfect to keep your eyes open even when your brain's begging for them to shut.

Oh, I see. For a second I thought you may have been referring to Cocaine.

Ed130 The Vanguard:

Crazy Zaul:
8 cans in 16 hours isn't much, so the must have already been something pretty badly wrong with him.

Don't those 1/2 liter cans have warning labels stating 'do not consume more than one can a day'?

Anything with a label like that should be considered prescription only.

All I could think was "Good."

What a fucking idiot.

They're designed for a single boost of energy - and even then some fresh fruit or perhaps a granola bar would be better. They're not a supplement for your dietary needs.

I just hope this serves as an example as to how stupid this kind of product is.

WeepingAngels:

Ed130 The Vanguard:

Crazy Zaul:
8 cans in 16 hours isn't much, so the must have already been something pretty badly wrong with him.

Don't those 1/2 liter cans have warning labels stating 'do not consume more than one can a day'?

Anything with a label like that should be considered prescription only.

Prescription: 4l Energy Drink
For: Dysgenic Risk to Humanity.

Abomination:
All I could think was "Good."

What a fucking idiot.

They're designed for a single boost of energy - and even then some fresh fruit or perhaps a granola bar would be better. They're not a supplement for your dietary needs.

I just hope this serves as an example as to how stupid this kind of product is.

I hate to agree, but I agree. What a moron.
Guy I know has heart problems and used to drink two of these a day. He wondered why his resting heartrate was 120...

The World Famous:

Abomination:
All I could think was "Good."

What a fucking idiot.

They're designed for a single boost of energy - and even then some fresh fruit or perhaps a granola bar would be better. They're not a supplement for your dietary needs.

I just hope this serves as an example as to how stupid this kind of product is.

I hate to agree, but I agree. What a moron.
Guy I know has heart problems and used to drink two of these a day. He wondered why his resting heartrate was 120...

Sorry to be callous, but I also agree.

If he had died, he would've been up for a Darwin Award.

i still think that energy drinks will turn out like cigarettes and asbestos , ofcourse theres no evidence to back that up at all but hey , tobacco used to be good for you :D

I worry this is going to happen when i take two scoops of pre-workout.

I am going to say it; I laughed at this.

Here's why, those energy drinks have excessive consumption warnings plastered all over them. The kid was being a dumbass. A coma isn't what he deserved, but it is funny nonetheless.

Ephidel:

The World Famous:

Abomination:

What a fucking idiot.

I agree.

I also agree.

I will be the 4th here to agree on that. Consuming that amount of energy drinks with variuos chemicals in it is reserved for stupid people only. Heck, its bad enough people drink them at all, but 4 liters will certainly kill your internal organs.
Also it was a 16 hour LAN party. why would you need energy drinks for that to begin with? He was 14, surely he can stay awake for 16 hours. Now i know some of my 72 hour awake times were pushing it, but i never needed any "Energy boost" for it (altrough perhaps my regular tendency to like sugar may have given some). 16 hour sittings is something i do twice a month. why would anyone need artificial enchanters for that is beyond me.

RedBackDragon:
i still think that energy drinks will turn out like cigarettes and asbestos , ofcourse theres no evidence to back that up at all but hey , tobacco used to be good for you :D

caffeine addiction is seriuos business. its worse than alcohol addiction actually. Its just that most people are ignorant about it, then again same thing can be said about tabacco and alcohol.

Mind you that selling Energydrinks to a 14-year-old is ILLEGAL in Norway.
There is a reason why most stores require ID from adolecents to buy that shit.

Ephidel:

The World Famous:

Abomination:
All I could think was "Good."

What a fucking idiot.

They're designed for a single boost of energy - and even then some fresh fruit or perhaps a granola bar would be better. They're not a supplement for your dietary needs.

I just hope this serves as an example as to how stupid this kind of product is.

I hate to agree, but I agree. What a moron.
Guy I know has heart problems and used to drink two of these a day. He wondered why his resting heartrate was 120...

Sorry to be callous, but I also agree.

If he had died, he would've been up for a Darwin Award.

going to join that train.

he is an idiot.

but he is also 14, and kids tend to be quite inexperienced and therefore dumb.

wonder what the parents said..

rhizhim:

wonder what the parents said..

Bet you 5 dollars they sue the energy drink companies for their "negligence".

Now, I'm usually more sympathetic to people but I think he was a massive dumbass. A coma is probably too much but its completely his fault for overdoing it with the energy drinks, even at his age. Maybe its because I despise energy drinks.

Ephidel:

If he had died, he would've been up for a Darwin Award.

Nope, sorry

One of the rules of the Darwin Awards is "Maturity", i.e., generally only Adults who are (on the very rare occasion) mentally capable of sound judgement are eligible to win them.

Any kid who does this is clearly disqualified from such a category.

CyberAkuma:
Mind you that selling Energydrinks to a 14-year-old is ILLEGAL in Norway.
There is a reason why most stores require ID from adolecents to buy that shit.

Good, what kind of idiot would give them to kids?

Seriously, whats with this kids parents? Enough energy drinks to put you in a coma an 16 hours gaming straight?

M0rp43vs:

rhizhim:

wonder what the parents said..

Bet you 5 dollars they sue the energy drink companies for their "negligence".

Now, I'm usually more sympathetic to people but I think he was a massive dumbass. A coma is probably too much but its completely his fault for overdoing it with the energy drinks, even at his age. Maybe its because I despise energy drinks.

if the company is smart and dumb at the same time they will advertise a new energy drink to them that "revitalises" the body and therefore breaks the coma.

wait, i think they done that.
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i'm probably going to hell for this, though..

The article aside, I think its more than caffeine that messed him up in a small area of time. Depending on the drinks he consumed, there are numerous nutritional supplements attached to certain drinks (b-6 and b-12 for example) that in great doses can cause system-wide damage (like those seen above).

Its the same kind of scenario as when you have a once daily vitamin with iron in it and someone ends up taking a lot of them at once (for sake of argument) and succumbs to iron poisoning. A great deal of things in this world are good for us in small doses, but no one needs 4 liters of energy drink, especially kids/teens. In my experience the only way I would drink near as much of that (probably a single liter) is if it was the only thing in the house to drink and all the corner stores were closed.

I would expect this from an American, not a Norwegian. I am ashamed now.

Overdosing on energy drinks leading to kidney failure. Who'd have thought?

rhizhim:

Ephidel:

The World Famous:

I hate to agree, but I agree. What a moron.
Guy I know has heart problems and used to drink two of these a day. He wondered why his resting heartrate was 120...

Sorry to be callous, but I also agree.

If he had died, he would've been up for a Darwin Award.

going to join that train.

he is an idiot.

but he is also 14, and kids tend to be quite inexperienced and therefore dumb.

wonder what the parents said..

I'm going to join in on this too. As an IT professional, a nice Rockstar helps me wake up /get started in the morning. But then do I touch coffee/ lucozade/ energy drinks for the rest of the day? Nope, a nice cuppa, maybe a pepsi, some juice. But 4L. Even as a teenager I was smart enough to know when something was a dumb idea, and then to not do it.

EDIT:

Even before IT, when I was a shift worker at a dock yard, a nice energy drink helped me out. probably how I got started with them. I had to wake up at 04:00 to get to work most days (granted I had a 3 day weekend, and finished work by 16:00- just in time for a glorious afternoon most days.)

Under_your_bed:

Ephidel:

If he had died, he would've been up for a Darwin Award.

Nope, sorry

One of the rules of the Darwin Awards is "Maturity", i.e., generally only Adults who are (on the very rare occasion) mentally capable of sound judgement are eligible to win them.

Any kid who does this is clearly disqualified from such a category.

Perhaps they could set up a Minors category?

Posthumous dumbass awards should definitely have a teen variant, if only to en(dis)courage more from exemplifying the traits of stupidity, ignorance and awareness.

Ed130 The Vanguard:

Crazy Zaul:
8 cans in 16 hours isn't much, so the must have already been something pretty badly wrong with him.

Don't those 1/2 liter cans have warning labels stating 'do not consume more than one can a day'?

It seems you and I are among the few who actually read it. Some people actually think that these drinks are as safe to drink as any other soda. I'm surprised that it can be sold to minors in most countries (including my own).

Ephidel:

Under_your_bed:

Ephidel:

If he had died, he would've been up for a Darwin Award.

Nope, sorry

One of the rules of the Darwin Awards is "Maturity", i.e., generally only Adults who are (on the very rare occasion) mentally capable of sound judgement are eligible to win them.

Any kid who does this is clearly disqualified from such a category.

Perhaps they could set up a Minors category?

Posthumous dumbass awards should definitely have a teen variant, if only to en(dis)courage more from exemplifying the traits of stupidity, ignorance and awareness.

They would certainly never have a lack of nominations if that happens. Think of all the YOLOers on that list.

OT: Gosh, that's just ridiculous. I have trouble handling the caffeine in a small cup of coffee and this kid took it to a new whole level.

Are you serious? He chugged that many for a SIXTEEN HOUR GAMING SESSION?

...

Please tell me I'm not the only one thinking he's such a lightweight. Hasn't this kid ever seen Mr Neal Erickson pull off a 90 hour livestream?

Pfft. Casual. Real gamers play Dark Souls 2 20 times within a 3 day session. Scrub. Bet you don't even have poison darts shot into your face every time you touch the analogue stick.

Scrub. Casual. Nub. Unranked. Primordial Ooze.

When I was teenager and a university student, I used to pull stupid stunts similar to this all the time. Never managed to shut down any of my organs though.

In fact I was older than that kid when I was doing this. At least he has the excuse of being 14, an age when people kinda expect you to make stupid decision as you push the limits of the increasing levels of freedom you are starting to gain at this point in your life, and still discovering the responsibilities that come with it.

16 hours? That's like a normal offday gaming session for me, why on earth would you need energy drinks ? (I'm 26 by the way).

I have been marathoning leveling my WoW character every time an expansion has come out in the past 5 years and I played for 3 days straight without sleep with only 2 cappucino's and 1 Red Bull. That is how much it usually takes me to level cap myself.

These kids these days...feel sorry for him, but he's an idiot for drinking so much.

Lil_Rimmy:
Are you serious? He chugged that many for a SIXTEEN HOUR GAMING SESSION?

...

Please tell me I'm not the only one thinking he's such a lightweight. Hasn't this kid ever seen Mr Neal Erickson pull off a 90 hour livestream?

Pfft. Casual. Real gamers play Dark Souls 2 20 times within a 3 day session. Scrub. Bet you don't even have poison darts shot into your face every time you touch the analogue stick.

Scrub. Casual. Nub. Unranked. Primordial Ooze.

This was my thought too. Sixteen hours is about how long most people spend awake in an average day anyway.

On the other hand, this kid was 14 and presumably not as equipped to deal with caning it like this.

On the other hand, he was at a CoD party and deserves everything he had coming to him.

On the other hand, calling this article "Gamer Ends up Comatose..." is a bit unnecessary, and should be changed to "Person Ends up Comatose...". The fact of him being a gamer is not the problem, and it's this sort of guilt by association that tarnishes gaming for everybody else.

Fucking hell, 4 liters, thats a lot for one day. Dunno how he got past the terrible taste anyway.

But hey, he's 14. He probably didn't know any better.

Bet the hippies are gonna have a field day with this one though. (ENERGY DRINKS ARE MORE DANGEROUS THAN CANNABIS #legalizeit #420 #wakenbake)

Strazdas:

RedBackDragon:
i still think that energy drinks will turn out like cigarettes and asbestos , ofcourse theres no evidence to back that up at all but hey , tobacco used to be good for you :D

caffeine addiction is seriuos business. its worse than alcohol addiction actually. Its just that most people are ignorant about it, then again same thing can be said about tabacco and alcohol.

According to who, or what?

Most of the things I've read and watched on the subject suggest that caffeine is actually pretty much harmless in the kinds of doses you can get from coffee and energy drinks, and many studies even claim long-term consumption has positive effects like reducing the likelihood of getting certain kinds of diabetes and Parkinson's disease. Physical caffeine addiction is a thing, but the withdrawal effects are extremely minor.

I really don't think caffeine addiction is anywhere near as much of an issue as tobacco or alcohol (though I could be wrong of course, people did claim tobacco was good for you for a long time after all).

OT: People really should be more sympathetic to this guy. He's only 14, and teens often do far stupider crap than drink too many energy drinks, give him a break. He certainly didn't deserve what has happened to him.

After this happened our local newspapers started with the whole 'investigating' the true effects of energy drinks, and then came a couple of concerned parents with some overly conservative opinions on energy drinks. Generally there hasn't been much of a reaction to it though, I think most people understand that this is not something that happens very commonly... And I guess some people learned not to drink 4 liters of energy drink in a day.

The GOOD news is that at least videogames are not being blamed this time... Not in Norway (where the incident happened) anyway.

Abomination:
All I could think was "Good."

What a fucking idiot.

They're designed for a single boost of energy - and even then some fresh fruit or perhaps a granola bar would be better. They're not a supplement for your dietary needs.

I just hope this serves as an example as to how stupid this kind of product is.

And I'm sure you were the paragon of wisdom and intelligence when you were 14.

Lunncal:
People really should be more sympathetic to this guy. He's only 14, and teens often do far stupider crap than drink too many energy drinks., give him a break. He certainly didn't deserve what has happened to him.

Indeed.
Compassion and empathy are nice qualities, even if we are on a forum on the interwebs.

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