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28th March 2019

Teacher who drank at least SIX energy drinks a day claims the chemicals they contain have eaten away at his tongue

A teacher who consumed at least six energy drinks per day has shared a shocking image of his blistered and peeling tongue. 

Dan Royals posted the picture of his damaged mouth to warn people about the dangers of energy drinks which contain up to 58 grams of sugar per can.

He said he used to drink at least five or six per day until his doctor told him excessive sugar and chemicals - including amino acids, B vitamins and herbal substances - were eating away at his flesh.

In his post on Facebook group Get It Off Your Chest, he wrote: 'Who drinks energy drinks? Addicted to them? You may want to think again.

'Have a look at the second pic... That's what that s*** does to your tongue, imagine what's it like on your internals?

'Up until recently when this started to occur I was drinking at least 5-6 a day (lack of energy teaching kids usually) and I brush daily, went to the doctor and boom! Found out it's the chemicals in these drinks that are causing it... It literally eats away at your tongue.

'So be wary guys.'

Mr Royals, an Australian who lives in Asia, admitted he smokes cigarettes but insisted the damage to his tongue was from the drinks.  

'Just to make it clear, I actually do care for my oral health but this is purely from these drinks... I do smoke but has nothing to do with the eating away of my tongue,' he said.

Mr Royals did not specify how the drinks caused damage to his tongue.

But dentists have issued warnings that the high content of sugar and acid in energy drinks can be harmful to oral health if consumed in excess. 

A study by world health organisation researchers states: 'A study in the US showed that dental cavities can result from the acidic pH and high-sugar content of products such as energy drinks.

'Another study showed that consumption of energy drinks can cause erosion and smear layer removal in the teeth, leading to cervical dentin hypersensitivity.'

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Mr Royals and the Australian Dental Association for comment. 

Source: Daily Mail

What are the dangers of energy drinks? 

  • Caffeine overdose (which can lead to several symptoms, including palpitations, high blood pressure, nausea and vomiting, convulsions and, in some cases, even death)
  • Type 2 diabetes – as high consumption of caffeine reduces insulin sensitivity
  • Late miscarriages, low birthweight and stillbirths in pregnant women
  • Neurological and cardiovascular system effects in children and adolescents
  • Sensation-seeking behaviour if consumed with alcohol, causing 'wide awake drunkeness'
  • Use and dependence on other harmful substances
  • Poor dental health
  • Obesity

Source: WHO researchers