The popular energy drink Red Bull has long been fashionable within certain social circles — including college students, party-goers, clubbers, gamers and other all-nighters — for it’s ability to keep you up and going as well as it’s ability to “give you wings”. However, questions as to how exactly you get these “wings” are now appearing after a recent German study found trace amounts of cocaine within the trendy drink.
The study, conducted by North Rhine-Westphalia state officials, found 0.4 micrograms of coke per liter of Red Bull. Now that’s not much, but it was enough for the energy drink to be officially banned in six different German states. Not too surprisingly, Red Bull is denying the allegation remarking that their drink is “harmless and marketable in both the U.S. and Europe.” They also note that similar coca leaf extracts are used in the flavoring of other popular world-wide drinks.
And it seems they might be right. After all, Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment recently took a look at the issue and found the minuscule amount of cocaine to have no health risks. Which makes sense. It would be hard to believe a company as large and popular as Red Bull to willy-nilly insert large amounts of an illegal drug in their product. Then again, you never know.