A mom in Australia is campaigning against energy drinks after losing her son to cardiac arrest. Shani Clarke’s 35-year-old son, Michael, had developed a habit of ingesting up to four of the drinks per day.
Although she lost her son in 2014, Clarke is channeling her pain by educating others on the dangers of caffeine toxicity.
On the day that he died, coroners deduced that Michael had drunk about 4 cans of Mother – a Monster brand energy drink available in New Zealand and Australia – and 4 cups of coffee.
A 500 ml can of Mother contains roughly 160 mg of caffeine. That amount of caffeine put too much stress on Michael’s heart, leading to his death. Medical examiners concluded that Clarke had caffeine toxicity and heart damage.
Shani Clarke started a Facebook group called Caffeine Toxicity Death Awareness aimed at spreading awareness of the effects of energy drinks.