Can Drinking Too Many Energy Drinks Cause Hepatitis?

Scientists say drinking too many energy drinks can cause hepatitis. According to a case reported in the British Medical Journal, a healthy 50-year-old construction worker developed acute hepatitis after drinking too many energy drinks.

University of Florida College of Medicine researchers, who published their case in the BMJ, say the man had dark colored urine and his eyes and skin yellowed, signs of hepatitis.

Scientists say the man drank 4 to 5 energy drinks daily for three weeks. He used the drinks to stay alert during his workday.

The report says the man has no known personal or family history of liver disease and wasn't on any medications.

Researchers say a liver biopsy showed he suffered acute hepatitis, likely from the high intake of vitamin B3, found in the unnamed energy drink of the man's choice.