Thursday, September 01, 2005

What's your poison: How much caffeine would it take to kill you?

Amusing little caffeine factoid engine which spits out how much of your favorite caffeinated beverage would kill you. First you select your beverage from the drop down menu, enter your weight, and click the appropriate ‘Kill Me’ button.

According to Energy Fiend, it would take 334.37 cans of Diet Pepsi, 150.47 cans of Red Bull or 48.15 cups of Starbucks Short Coffee to set me free of all my troubles.

There is a science behind the “Death by Caffeine Calculator”:

  • The lethal dose is based on the LD_50 for oral ingestion of caffeine, and a lot of studies report different numbers. The one I’m using is about 150mg/kg. If you were to get caffeine injected into your bloodstream, as little as 2 grams can kill a grown adult. LD_50 is a medical term to indicate the dose that kills 50% of the test subjects. I’m not sure how they figured it out for people
  • The number of cans/bottles/etc the calculator gives you assumes you can drink it all immediately, or one-after-another. Physical limitations mean that you probably can’t drink enough of anything to kill you, but you can certainly start freaking out, hallucinating, go into shock or seizure, all sorts of cool things.

For a different perspective on this you may check Lina’s Coffee soon to be considered a Health Drink


lulu said...

In 1823, Thomas Jefferson said "Coffee is the favorite drink of the civilized world" :) Death by coffee is the best kind of death I can fathom! Just kidding..

Yazan Malakha said...

I beg to differ, for centuries, problems of mankind have been solved over a cup of tea. Whether they were problems between nations, between businesses, even in families between husbands and wives, tea has been the soothing balm that helped their solution.

The simple act of pouring a cup of tea is, in itself, an ice-breaker, providing pleasurable anticipation of the goodness that is to follow.

Anonymous said...

coffee is good but good cup of english tea is the best