Death by Caffeine

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Energy Fiend have created a tool to calculate how much caffeine intake will kill you :D

Death by Caffeine - zlythern

You can choose amongst 314 items in drinks that contain caffeine. The calculation only took your weight input and voila, go drink 75.23 cans of Starbucks Double Shot to kill yourself :P

Well, I (and maybe you) could say that 75.23 cans/cups is already passed my limit :P I should be dead already :P

So how is the tool calculate that intake number ? Is it per month ? Per week ? Daily ?

"It says that 10 bottles would kill me, but is that over a month, a day, a lifetime?!"

Well, the guys over there have an answer for this :

Let’s apply some common sense to this.

If you died after a lifetime consumpution of 200 cans of soda, most Americans wouldn’t make it past age 14. That’s clearly not the answer.

If you died after 200 cans of soda in a month, well, most of the loyal readers here might not have made it past age 30. It’s painfully easy to drink 6 cans daily, especially if you’re trying to stay awake to finish a project. Conversely, it’s about 142 cups of coffee for me. That’s under 5 per day. I can drink more than that with few side effects. It’s not monthly.

Weekly? That’s just a stupid measurement.

Daily? That’s actually believable. If you managed to ingest that much caffeine in one day, you won’t be feeling so hot. In fact you may be in serious trouble. Not everyone’s liver works at the same speed, and some people have reported feeling the effects of caffeine for a full 12 hours - for most people this is more like 4-5 hours.


Yes, it means that it’s practically impossible to kill yourself with caffeine. Practically. Don’t actually try it! After 1 gram, you’ll be a sad panda. If you manage to even challenge the number, you’ll be a schizophrenic, crazed panda, or a passed out panda. And if you’re passed out, you might get your wallet stolen.

They have provided The Caffeine Database. This database was built up using a decent details and observation, and they even did a research for it :)

The Caffeine Database - zlythern


How accurate is pop-up caffeine calculator?

It provides a rough gauge of reaction to caffeine - and typically corresponds to the amount of caffeine in your system over a 4 hour period. There is obviously enormous variation between individual response - and this should be construed as entertainment only ;)
This tool is for entertainment purposes only. Nothing on here should be construed as medical advice or information. Don’t try this at home. If you actually try this and end up dying after only 140 energy drinks instead of 143, it’s not our fault.

Anyway, I think I will continue to have my cup of coffee this morning :P

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