Attention getter: Ever since Red Bull came on to the market in 1997, there’s been an explosion in caffeinated energy drinks. Some are marketed as food and others as dietary supplements. But there’s little guidance for the consumer on how much caffeine is in them. Specific purpose: The specific purpose of my speech is to persuade you to take a stand against energy drinks due to the negative effect it may cause on your body. Listener relevance link: Each of us should care about this because to many people are unaware of the ingredient that are present in these drinks and the consequences they may cause.
Establish speaker credibility and goodwill: I have knowledge through experience and research. Preview of main points: Today, I will talk to you about the problem of energy drinks and how we can solve them. Transition statement: But first, let’s talk about some of the problems BODY I. Anyone who is considering boosting their energy is at risk while using an energy drink.
A. A story in the New York Times noted that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received reports of 13 deaths linked to an energy drink.
The drinks contain about 215 milligrams of caffeine, more than enough, health specialists say, to sicken children and some adults, and even send some of them to the hospital. B. Concerns over the potentially harmful effects of energy drinks, especially when they’re combined with alcohol, have been growing in recent years. Research suggests that individuals can develop caffeine dependence and may experience withdrawal when caffeine consumption decreases.
The caffeine in energy drinks increases heart rates, which over time can increase your chances of stroke and heart disease. C. In a 2011 study, about 1,100 college students have been combining alcohol and energy drinks which can be very dangerous. Although it does not “counteract” the sedating effects of alcohol, there is a concern that mixing alcohol and energy drinks may keep people awake for a longer period of time, allowing them to consume more alcohol than they ordinarily would.
D. Energy drinks have a lot of stimulants in them like ginseng and taurine, while alcohol is a depressant. So by mixing the two you’re sending mixed messages to your nervous system which can cause cardiac related problems or even death. Transition statement: Now I would like to talk about some effective solutions for energy drinks and the problem it may cause. II. There are several was to help reduce energy drinks related risks A. Study the ingredients of any drink before purchasing.
Know which of these ingredients are likely to pose risk to your health. Learn the level recommended for consumption. Regulate one’s consumption to reduce addiction and do not mix with alcohol. B. Once we are aware of the ingredients contained in energy drinks and the side effects resulting from their consumption, we can make a concerted effort to limit accessibility to these drinks. C. We as adults should become proactive. Knowledge is power and alerting each other and our teens to the potential danger of these beverages is vital.
CONCLUSION Specific purpose restatement: The purpose of my speech was to persuade you to create awareness about the potential dangers associated with the consumption of energy drinks. Main point summary: I have spoken to you about some of the problems and solution to persuade you to think twice before consuming energy drinks. Clincher: Red bull can really give you, “your wings. ”
REFERENCES Meier, Barry. “More Than a Case of the Jitters. ” New York Times 24 Oct. 2012: B1(L). Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context.