Norwegian Teen Learns That Call of Duty Marathons and Energy Drinks Can Put You in a Coma

March 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Cautionary tale #657: drinking too many energy drinks to do anything - in this case to play a marathon session of Call of Duty - can put you in a coma. That is exactly what happened to a 14-year-old Norwegian boy. After drinking four liters of energy drinks he collapsed and was hospitalized with kidney failure. He then slipped into a coma for several days.

According to The Local Norway, 14-year-old Henrik Eide Dahl collapsed in the cafeteria of his school following a Call of Duty LAN party on the school's network that lasted 16 hours.

"I was playing Call of Duty. Then everything went dark and I passed out," Dahl told Norway's NRK network.

The teen was flown to a hospital in Lillehammer, where his condition turned critical and his kidneys started to fail. Shortly after he slipped into a coma for several days. While the cause is still undetermined, the most obvious culprit was his consumption of energy drinks over the course of playing the marathon Call of Duty session at school.

"When I woke up, I was terrified," Dahl told NRK. "The first thing I remember from the hospital is that my brothers were sitting at the edge of the bed and crying."

The teen spent 13 days in the hospital, and is still taking medication to control his high blood pressure.

"It has been very scary, and I have learned that it is not good to drink that much energy drink," he said. "But it's getting better and better every day. I'm starting to feel normal now."

Anne Kathrine Duns, one of the doctors in Lillehammer who treated Dahl said that the teen had been close to death.

"It was severely life-threatening. The central nervous system, cardiovascular system, lungs and kidneys were affected."

She added that the medical staff at the hospital are still unsure what exactly had caused Dahl's collapse, although she said suspects the energy drink played a major role.

"We find no underlying disease in Henry, so for now we are attributing this to the consumption of large amounts of energy drink," she said.

While Dahl is still on medication, he is expected to eventually make a full recovery.

Besides containing high levels of sugar and caffeine, most major energy drinks contain an amino acid called Taurine and other odd ingredients. Any one of these ingredients or a combination of several can cause all kinds of side effects, especially in individuals that might have an unknown underlying medical condition.

Source: The Local Norway by way of Complex. Thanks to TheSmokey for the tip.


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Re: Norwegian Teen Learns That Call of Duty Marathons and ...

There does not need to be any regulation here. High doses of caffeine are deadly and gaming without sleep can be deadly.

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I disagree on "There does not need to be any regulation here."

The thing is, stuff like 5 Hour Energy, is super concentrated caffeine, the majority of people don't realize that having too many of those can kill you, same with many other similar energy drinks. Caffeine is ok in moderation, but this stuff is not used in moderation. (Note, I am not talking about Coffee or soft drinks, strictly energy drinks)

So your options are either, A, Informing the masses to know of the dangers.

Or B, regulating it.

Which Option A is hard to do, because industry doesn't want to inform the masses of their dangers, cause it'll mean lower sales. A prime example of this is the smoking industry. Also the general masses don't seem to care to learn about these kinds of dangers till generations down the line after many groups drilling it into their heads.

 

I don't like the idea of regulating common items, but when people are not being properly informed, nor willing to learn, regulation is an unfortunate necessary evil.

(Side note, I give no support to regulations that were made from misinformation.)

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Re: Norwegian Teen Learns That Call of Duty Marathons and ...

5 Hour Energy: 200 mg caffeine

Tall Starbucks coffee: 260 mg

More concentrated yes, but by serving? Not really.

 

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No, regulation shouldn't be needed, but information should be made readily available. Negligence at that point is on the part of the individual. Making the information easily accessible is easy, and in most cases already required. If the person chooses not to read the label, proper use instructions, and warnings, that is THEIR fault and their fault alone. They then should be held accountable for THEIR actions in their own suffering.

The masses should NOT need to suffer tougher regulatory controls for the stupidity and pure negligence of the few.

Re: Norwegian Teen Learns That Call of Duty Marathons and ...

You know, they put warning labels on those things for a reason.

Personally, stuff like that might need to be regulated, especially when it's in a concentrated form like 5 hour energy.

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*sigh*

Can't wait for this to get pinned on games, guaranteed...

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Probably,

Although I would hope more people will point out that drinking 4 litres of fluid in a short timeframe is the main problem.  Especially energy drinks due to the potential for caffine overdoses.

Hell even drinking a large amount of water can be fatal if it's done in large amounts over a short period of time.

 
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