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So, how much caffeine is in your energy drink?

  • 5-Hour Energy Drink linked to deaths, report says
  • See how your fuel beverage of choice stacks up
5-Hour Energy Drink has more than 2-1/2 times more caffeine than Monster Energy but less than Starbucks coffee.

Sure, the wide selection of brightly bottled energy drinks can offer a much-needed boost, but have you ever really thought about what's in them? In the wake of FDA reports linking both 5-Hour Energy and Monster Energy Drinks to deaths and life-threatening incidents, both companies have assured buyers that the drinks aren't dangerous when used as directed.

But it never hurts to know just what you're drinking. You might be surprised how your favorite energy booster stacks up when compared to the array of caffeinated drinks on the market.


5-Hour Energy:

2 oz. (60 mL) = 207 mg caffeine


8 oz. (240 mL) = 80 mg caffeine


8 oz. (240 mL) = 79-80 mg caffeine

Red Bull:

8.4 oz (250 mL) = 76-80 mg caffeine

Full Throttle:

8 oz. (240 mL) = 70-72 mg caffeine


8 oz. (240 mL) = 47 mg caffeine



Starbucks Pike Place brewed:

16 oz. (480 mL) = 330 mg caffeine

Generic brewed coffee:

8 oz. (240 mL) = 95-200 mg caffeine

Mountain Dew:

12 oz. (355 mL) = 46-55 mg caffeine


12 oz. (355 mL) = 32-39 mg caffeine

Coca-Cola Classic:

12 oz. (355 mL) = 30-35 mg caffeine

*Nutritional information from the Mayo Clinic

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