Monster Energy is being sued following the death of an American teenager in 2015.
The father of 19-year-old Dustin Hood is saying the company’s flagship drink caused his son’s fatal cardiac arrhythmia. He has filed a lawsuit seeking unspecified damages.
According to the lawsuit, Hood drank three-and-a-half of the large 725ml cans of energy drink before heading onto the court to play basketball. He subsequently collapsed and was rushed to hospital where he died a short while later.
One 725ml energy drink can contains approximately 245mg of caffeine. That means the teenager consumed about 850mg of caffeine before his basketball game.
According to nutritionists up to 400mg of caffeine a day appears to be safe for most healthy adults. That is approximately the amount of four cups of brewed coffee, two energy drinks or 10 cans of cola a day. Adolescents should limit themselves to no more than 100mg of caffeine a day.