> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
Energy drinks. Some say they’ll give you wings and others claim they can turn you into a rockstar, but they all have something in common — bold marketing campaigns and lots of caffeine.
Are the wild names and fruity flavors all hype, or do they really work? A handful of our brave staffers recently subjected themselves to the energy drink challenge. A mission dedicated to finding the truth behind the bottle.
Each staffer monitored their energy levels before and after sampling various beverages including regular energy drinks, spiked waters, 2-ounce energy shots and the old standbys such as coffee and Mountain Dew.*
The newsroom was buzzing with energy. Staffers were alert, typing at a quick pace and talking fast. Some were jittery and some were completely unaffected. The office was productive until the caffeine vs. sugar battle finally came crashing down. My co-workers were sluggish and groggy. One stated he wished he never took the first sip. Another said he needed a nap.
If you’re wondering how the ‘amped’ up drinks stacked up to one another, see the results below.
— Page designer Roni Montgomery
* Staffers sampled one energy drink per day over a two-week period. They picked the drink of their choice, and no two employees sampled the same beverage.
$1.67 per 8.4 oz. can; 110 calories; 80 mg caffeine
Tested by Daniel Suddeath
TASTES LIKE — A little bitter
BEFORE (2 p.m.) — Just had lunch. Feeling a little groggy.
3 p.m. — Words are coming to my head faster than I can say them. My legs are shaking.
4 p.m. — I’m still moving my legs a bit, but it’s starting to diminish — not really working anymore.
4:20 p.m. — I wish I hadn’t drank it. I’ve crashed quickly. Red Bull has stolen my will to live.
VENOM DEATH ADDER ENERGY + FRUIT PUNCH
$2.69 per 16.9 oz. can; 120 calories per serving (2 in can); 80 mg caffeine per serving
Tested by Michael Reschke
TASTES LIKE — All Sport. Low carbonation. Sweet.
BEFORE (6:15 p.m.) — A little hungry. I could sleep if I wasn’t at work, but not overly drowsy.
6:45 p.m. — I don’t know how to describe how I feel, but I definitely feel something.
7:53 p.m. — I feel like all the effects have worn off ... even a little sleepy.