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Learn from the Mistakes of Others: Caffeine Overdose

You all know how I feel about coffee - I love it. Hopefully you also know how I feel about moderation - it is a philosophy to live by.

So please learn from Jasmine Willis, the 17 year old Brit who was hospitalized for caffeine overdose. Willis, while working a shift at her family's sandwich shop, downed 7 double espressos after which she began hyperventilating and developed a high fever.

The young lass is fully recovered after a trip to the hospital and is now warning others on the dangers of excessive caffeine consumption. Willis believed she was drinking single shots of espresso, but that is over the border line of a safe amount of coffee consumption. Many health practitioners believe moderate consumption of coffee is fine and may even provide health benefits - but no more than 3 cups a day. Just to remind you, it is recommended that you do not exceed 300 milligrams of caffeine in a day.

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pintsized pintsized 9 years
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pintsized pintsized 9 years
I would to refer people to ash_marisa's wisdom on this incident and very very stupid girl.
Dofka Dofka 9 years
I made that mistake once too, but instead I took those caffeine pills. I thought the more i took the more awake i would be. Well 5 caffeine pills later and I was in the hospital for an irregular heartbeat and vomiting. It was miserable, I learned my lesson!
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 9 years
I swear I am going to be the the next one to go to the hospital for caffiene overdose! haha!
Ikandy Ikandy 9 years
Wowsah...That was really f'n stupid. I mean she downed them! Im glad shes ok though. But, Ive tried to sub greentea for coffee for many reasons, (mostly sweaty palms) but it just didnt cut it in the mornings. Now, Im usually good with 2 cups...maybe 3 on weekends.
discocactus discocactus 9 years
I don't think she wasn't taking responsibility for her actions-and I'm sure she feels pretty silly. But cut the girl some slack, she's still a teenager and people that age can do crazy/wrong things. It's not like her family is suing Folgers.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
whoa! why on earth would she need that many?!? insane, but also sad! i'm glad she's okay. i have a hard time with more than a small coffee at a time - i prefer to spread my coffee drinking out throughout the day.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 9 years
Dang. Just 2 doubles would have been enough for me -- and my bowels, for goodness' sake!
mizz_jennii mizz_jennii 9 years
7 double esspresso's?!? Can you say "STUPID!!!"
NoCaf4Me NoCaf4Me 9 years
Overdoses can happen to you if you don't know how much is enough. There is an online caffeine risk test you can take to determine how much caffeine is safe.
millarci millarci 9 years
OMG! 7 double expressos! No one should do that! I don't care how tired you are! But I'm glad she's okay and has learned her lesson.
ash_marisa ash_marisa 9 years
or maybe it has something to do with lack of common sense and utter sheer stupidity...seriously, what was wrong with this girl? There comes a point when people have to take responsibility for themselves and their own ignorance
Feesje Feesje 9 years
7 DOUBLE ESPRESSOS?? :JAWDROP: Well, no wonder she started hyperventilating. :o
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