The Chief Medical Director Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Wale Oke on Monday said the consumption of energy drinks can cause high blood pressure and such beverage should be treated as drugs.

While speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Dr. Oke said  energy drinks have been able to penetrate the Nigerian market are treated as beverages which is why it does not go through rigorous and extensive research by  National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

He said, “These drinks contain caffeine which can cause individuals with health challenges to become hypertensive. Consumption of the drinks can also increase blood pressure or cause abnormal heart rate.”

He revealed that non-sugar energy drinks have been directly linked with blood clot formations in the human body and have been banned in over two European countries.

He opined that Nigerians have embraced the ‘fad’ in order to help them keep awake whilst being ignorant to the internal damages the drinks cause.

He advised that Nigerians should cultivate the habit of visiting the hospital for regular comprehensive tests.