Here’s some new you can use: apparently, a person can suffer a fatal overdose of caffeine. This would have been nice to know before I started chugging down my anti-psychotic meds with shots of Mountain Dew Throwback.
While a lot of us joke about being addicted to our morning brew, two college students who overdosed on caffeine might be laying off of it for quite some time. To be fair, though, the overdose was entirely not their fault.
The students were participating in a study at Northumbria University in Newcastle in March 2015 on the effects of caffeine on exercise, when a miscalculation caused the study proctors to give them each a dosage of 30 grams of caffeine rather than the specific .3 grams — which is a whopping 12 grams over the 18 gram “fatal limit,” and the equivalent of 300 cups of coffee.
I’m fairly sure I broached my Caffeine Red Line during finals week in college. The Dr. Pepper addiction helped me earn my degree.
If you’re worried about your caffeine intake – I’m not, since I will live forever – you can check your tolerance here.