It is important to be aware of how many energy drinks or energy ‘shots’ you have consumed, so that you can keep track of your overall caffeine intake.
How much caffeine is safe?
Your body's response to caffeine will depend on a number of factors including your weight and health. Although a safe level has not been determined yet, as a guide:
- Healthy adults of around 70kg weight should aim for no more than 400mg per day (about 4 cups of coffee)
- Pregnant and breast feeding women should have less than 200mg per day (about 2 cups of coffee)
- Children and young people should limit their intake of caffeinated drinks.
Energy drinks are required by law to indicate their caffeine content on the label, however the level can vary.
Food/drink Average caffeine levels
250ml energy drink 77mg1
500ml energy drink 158mg1
375ml of typical cola drink 48.75mg1
250ml instant coffee 60mg1
250ml brewed coffee 80mg1
1 short black/espresso coffee 107mg1
250ml cup of tea 27mg1
60g milk chocolate 10mg1