Red Bull gives you wings…and a coke high!

May 26, 2009

Tony, I think you have a little something on your face

Tony, I think you have a little something on your face

As you know, my boy E sometimes has to work the graveyard shift.  So, when I am getting ready to leave, he is just getting back from the all night grind.  Last night was particularly brutal, as he worked from 6pm to 6am.  With that type of schedule coupled with the fact that it rotates between grave and normal day shift, you can see why his body would be going crazy.

So, as I ran into him this morning, we were talking about what he was doing to stay awake.  E lamented the fact that he was feeling wiped out about 4am, so he drank a Mountain Dew to help fight off sleep.  Normally, this would be a 5 hour energy drink, but he thought that he could beat off the rush of Dew faster, helping him go to sleep sooner when he got home.  Well E, don’t drink Red Bull Cola if you are trying to get to bed.

Mail Online

The more popular Red Bull, dubbed the ‘clubbers’ drink,’ is often mixed with vodka. It contains caffeine, vitamins, and sugar which, the company claims, kick-starts the body’s metabolism and keeps people alert.

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Red Bull Cola could be banned in Germany – after traces of cocaine are found in it

By Alan Hall
Last updated at 4:34 PM on 25th May 2009

Germany is considering a nationwide ban on the high-energy drink Red Bull Cola after traces of cocaine were found in it.

Authorities in the states of Hesse and North-Rhine Westphalia have ordered retailers to stop selling the beverage – which is available in the UK.

The consumer ministries in the two states confirmed they had ordered retailers to pull the drink off their shelves after a food safety institute in North-Rhine Westphalia found the drug in samples.

Red Bull Cola
Coke problem: An investigation in Germany has found traces of de-cocainized extract of coco leaf in Red Bull Cola

‘The institute examined Red Bull Cola in an elaborate chemical process and found traces of cocaine,’ said Bernhard Kuehnle, head of the food safety department at the federal ministry for consumer protection.

Now, you might have a view of crackheads as being nice and harmless, like          Tyrone here… But crackheads are not all fun and games children.  Don’t do drugs! (That is our PSA, so we can get off probation for drugs…just kidding…)

Authorities said the cocaine levels do not pose a health threat but are not permitted in foodstuffs.

The investigation found the drink to contain a de-cocainized extract of coca leaf in the drink.

That means the drink cannot be classified as a foodstuff but as a narcotic and needs a special licence, authorities said.

Giant German retail group Rewe had already issued orders to remove the fizzy drink from its shops. Wilhelm Deitermann, spokesman for the North-Rhine Westphalia consumer ministry said he expected most – if not all – other German states to follow suit and ban the drink.

Red Bull Cola has protested the action. ‘De-cocainized extract of coca leaf is used worldwide in foods as a natural flavouring,’ said a spokesman.

Coca leaf doesnt travel very well...that is why I make it into cocaine!

Coca leaf doesnt travel very well...that is why I make it into cocaine!

The company added that Red Bull Cola as well as other food that contains coca leaf extract is considered safe in the EU as well as in the US.

I knew something was up with this drink.  We had a bunch of promo Red Bull Colas and one of my debaters started drinking one, and he kept coming back for more, like he was a crackhead!  I knew something had to be in that drink.

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