People must be health conscious and give more attention to their foods.
21-year-old Vinnie Pyner from Margate, Southeast England claims energy drinks have changed his future, and it’s not for the better. His teeth have endured extreme decay, and its thought to be from excessive consumption of Monster Energy Drinks. He started taking the beverage in 2017 because it helped him stay up and alert to study. Unfortunately, he became terribly dependent on it. From downing 6 cans every day to around 45 cans a week, his life literally revolved around the energy drink.
7 months later, he managed to quit, but the damage had already been done. Vinnie wants to enlighten everyone else out there consuming these beverages without restriction. What happened to him shouldn’t have to have to happen to anyone else.
In a talk with Richard Percival of SWNS, Vinnie says he was drinking so much Monster Energy that his teeth hurt painfully whenever he ate.
“It started as a way to relieve the stress and pressure from my college course because you have to be focused when it comes to computing and coding,” he explained. “But I never thought that it would get this bad, it’s affected my confidence dramatically. I had the ambition to become a games designer but now my hopes have been dashed.
Vinnie is a second-year student of BTEC computing and coding at East Kent College. He says he ensured he brushed his teeth twice a day, but even that couldn’t stop the massive damage caused to him. Nearly all his teeth decayed and rotted so much that he bit into an apple and the worst happened. Four of his front teeth all snapped out of his gums at once.
“The dentist was extremely shocked to see my teeth and she said that it was one of the worst cases of tooth decay and damage that she had ever seen,” Vinnie said.
On why got hooked on the beverage in the first place
With 160mg of caffeine (equal to a regular/medium cup of coffee) and 54g of sugar (of which only 30g is the RDA in the UK), a 500ml can of Monster Energy serves the body up with 240 calories of energy . It’s a strong psychoactive beverage that should be consumed moderately and responsibly. Vinnie said he was often feeling too tired and weak to study, so he started consuming the drink to make up for it. He began to purchase the economy four packs to save money, and this worsened his addiction. When he tried to cut down, he suffered from severe caffeine withdrawal syndrome.
“It started with three a day at breakfast, lunch, and dinner so I could stay focused during my studies,” Vinnie said. “I often felt tired and needed the energy drinks desperately. It was value for money and much cheaper than to buy individual cans. But the temptation of having a pack of four and wanting to drink them all at once got hold of me through the caffeine within them. It was like I had to fuel this addiction regularly and if I didn’t, I would suffer from caffeine withdrawal symptoms such as severe headaches and muscle pain.”
Vinnie says his life is completely ruined. Going to school became too much of an embarrassing ordeal for him, so he had to drop out for the meantime. Vinnie is unemployed, and he believes his terrible dental condition will cost him his chances of ever getting a job.