(Chicago, IL) -- Energy drinks are sending more people to hospital emergency rooms.
A federal agency says more than 13-thousand hospitalizations were linked to the drinks in 2009.
That's up from just over eleven-hundred in 2005.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says more than four in ten of the hospitalizations came about when people combined the energy drinks with alcohol or drugs.
The researchers found most of the trips to the ER were made by men between 18 and 39.
The American Beverage Association is critical of the report.
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