Recent events in Australia suggest that energy drinks in excess may be dangerous. Last Spring a student who had drunk eleven cans of an energy drink robbed a supermarket armed with a knife.
According to his lawyer, this student was suffering from "caffeinism", that is, an unusual condition of excitement, sleeplessness, agitation, and confused thought and speech, as a result of the consumption of high levels of caffeine. The judge did not quite accept this defence, but he accepted that energy drinks may have influenced the boy's behaviour.
This is not the first incident concerning energy drinks. In Sweden, there have been warnings about mixing them with alcohol or drinking after exercise, when three people died shortly after having an energy drink. In Ireland, a 19-year-old man died suddenly after he had drunk three cans of it, and the matter is still under investigation. The company insists that there is nothing dangerous in its product, and that it increases alertness, concentration, and endurance. But experts do not agree: "Energy drinks are high in sugar and may increase alertness, but there is no evidence to show that they are better than a cup of coffee."
I. READING COMPREHENSIONANSWER QUESTIONS 1-2 ACCORDING TO THE INFORMATION GIVEN IN THE TEXT. USE YOUR OWN WORDS.
1) When can energy drinks become dangerous?
ARE THESE STATEMENTS TRUE OR FALSE? JUSTIFY YOUR ANSWERS WITH WORDS OR PHRASES FROM THE TEXT.
3) A student stole a knife from a supermarket.
II. USE OF ENGLISH7) Find in the text the word which has the following definition:
- “round metal box for preserving food or drink” (noun): can (line 2)
“He has drunk too much tonight”, Peter said.
"Tea has been made by his mother."
WANTED DRINK MARY THE TO CAT WATER
- If he had not drunk so much he would have arrived home safely.