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Energy drinks, are they dangerous for kids?

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Monster Energy drinks are displayed on a shelf at a Greenville-area convenience store. (File/FOX Carolina) Monster Energy drinks are displayed on a shelf at a Greenville-area convenience store. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Do you or your kids like energy drinks? Well, they might be OK for adults, but pediatricians said kids need to be careful. 

Sales of energy drinks like Rockstar, Red Bull and Monster have doubled in less than a decade, but they're not regulated by the FDA. Physicians warn the drinks can give teens and children a dangerous jolt. 

"I have seen the kids using the drink because they think it can enhance their athletic performance or they're drinking it because they're friends are drinking it. So, it's a peer-related drink and a little bit of a peer pressure," said Children's Medical Center Dr. Elizabeth Chea.

While the FDA doesn't regulate the drinks, Australia already regulates them and Canada is about to put some tough rules in place.  

Both Red Bull and Monster Beverage Corp. released the following statements to FOX Carolina concerning their drinks' safety. Read the statements here.

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