Old 14th August 2007, 15:51   #1
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Overdose drama of girl who had 14 cups of espresso

A teenage waitress overdosed on caffeine after drinking 14 shots of espresso.



Jasmine Willis, 17, could hardly breathe and was taken to hospital with a high temperature and heart palpitations.

She had drunk almost three times the recommended daily amount of caffeine in just four hours.


Miss Willis, a student, was working part-time out in her father Gary's recently-opened sandwich bar after sitting her GCSEs.

She began her coffee binge last Wednesday after getting only five hours' sleep the previous night.


"I decided to have a double espresso to perk me up," she said. "It did the trick so I had one after another and they seemed to be working. I felt great - as if I could take on the world."

By noon she was feeling unwell and crying and laughing uncontrollably in front of bewildered customers.

Miss Willis said: "My nerves were jangling. Tears were streaming down my face. People kept asking me if I was all right."

Her father sent her home but by the following morning she could not feel her lips and was struggling to breathe.

Miss Willis, from Stanley, County Durham, spent several hours under observation at the University Hospital of North Durham, where the caffeine overdose was diagnosed.

She said: "I was drenched and burning up and hyperventilating.

"I was having palpitations, my heart was beating so fast. I think I was going into shock".

Miss Willis is due to start her Alevels at college next month, studying law, psychology, sociology and accountancy.

She said last night: "Coffee is fine in moderation and really does pick you up, but I just overdid it. I didn't realise what could happen, so I hope other people learn from my mistake."

"I felt exhausted for days afterwards and I can't even bear the sight of coffee now".

Her father said: "Jasmine was just helping out in her holidays and had started on the 8am shift.

"She doesn't usually drink coffee at all, not even instant. But I've just had a beautiful new coffee machine installed so she thought she'd try an espresso."

The Department of Health advises people not to drink more than five single espressos or four cups of instant coffee a day.

Earlier this year scientists questioned the validity of the traditional view that caffeine can reduce the effects of tiredness and increase alertness.

The Bristol University team found that the levels of alertness among those who drank coffee were almost the same as those who had drunk none.

Coffee has been found to have some health benefits, however, Studies have suggested it can protect against the onset of Parkinson's disease and keep the mind sharp into old age.

Tea and coffee also contain a wealth of other health-boosting compounds.

A spokesman for the British Coffee Association said: "There are thousands of published studies which demonstrate clearly that moderate coffee drinking - four to five cups a day - is perfectly safe.

"Increasingly, there is evidence to suggest that there are health benefits from it. The key to any healthy, balanced diet is moderation in all things and this applies to coffee."

Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/liv...LTH&ICL=TOPART
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She's stupid, no?
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been there done that.(maybe not so extreme)

eating chilli makes you high, maybe she should try that next time.

eating 32kg of chocolate gives you the same high as a joint apparently.

too bad coffee stains your teeth.
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Looks like she's been overdosing on pies and icecream too...

Seriously though, who the hell in their right mind would think that drinking 14 shots of espresso was a good idea. Events like this are Darwinian selection, as far as I am concerned.

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My ex-flatmate did something like this when he was working at a place that sold coffee, he still can't drink much more than a mild tea without feeling nauseous. It was hilarious.

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Old 14th August 2007, 18:03   #5
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If you're eating seventy pounds of chocolate, you've got bigger problems..

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Never thought I'd see someone overdose on coffee.
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You can overdose on water too.



It's called drowning.
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Old 14th August 2007, 23:40   #8
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I thought that was called Water Poisoning?
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it is unfortunate darwin did not win here.
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crack is far cheaper than 14 espressos and gets the same results

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Old 15th August 2007, 19:39   #11
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I try to keep my coffee down to 4 shots a day. I've drank 6 shots at a sitting before, and I think that's pushing the limit of reason. 14 shots.... yeah, I'll bet you'd be having some problems.

My great-uncle was about 70 and a coffee drinker. A couple of shots of espresso was a little more than the old dude was used to..... I figured he'd be ok, because he was a coffee drinker, but I think espresso must hit a little harder. He got really jangled..... Now I'll only make him a single shot.
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I thought that was called Water Poisoning?
No, that only happens in comic books.
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No, that only happens in comic books.
Not by a long shot.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_intoxication

Drink enough of the stuff, quickly enough, and it'll tip your electrolyte balance over the edge, and causes you to explode. Well, maybe not explode, but it can definitely kill you.

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I suggest inviting that stupid chick for the world premiere of "Lawn Chair Politics", might be interesting...
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She looks like the Pillsbury Doughboy - I doubt you'd have much competition.

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She hardly looks like the Pillsbury Doughboy. If you think she looks overweight, just think of SuperBonusFatGothChick.
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"Skinny" is not the same as "attractive". I think the girl looks cute.

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Not by a long shot.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_intoxication

Drink enough of the stuff, quickly enough, and it'll tip your electrolyte balance over the edge, and causes you to explode. Well, maybe not explode, but it can definitely kill you.
This is the sound of a joke going over your head.
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I loved that episode!
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maybe she should have just stuck with café latte
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this is really what happens when you drink too much coffee.

this chick was a joke.
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