Teacher claims his tongue has been 'eaten away' after drinking six energy drinks a day

Teacher claims his tongue has been 'eaten away' after drinking six energy drinks a day

An Australian teacher who currently lives in Asia has made a stark claim about just how harmful energy drinks have allegedly been for his oral health. Dan Royals admitted to drinking a whopping six cans of energy drinks a day for an unknown period of time, and in a Facebook post he showed his friends and followers the cost.

Dan wrote: "Who drinks energy drinks? Addicted to them? You may want to think again. Have a look at the second pic… That’s what that sh*t does to your tongue, imagine what’s it like on your internals? Up until recently when this started to occur I was drinking at least 5-6 a day (lack of energy teaching kids usually) and I brush daily, went to the doctor and boom! [sic]"

An image of Dan Royals' blistered mouth. Credit: Facebook/Dan Royals

He added: "Found out it’s the chemicals in these drinks that are causing it … It literally eats away at your tongue. So be wary guys. Just to make it clear, I actually do care for my oral health but this is purely from these drinks … I do smoke but has nothing to do with the eating away of my tongue. [sic]"

Perhaps this is news to Dan, but it's not exactly new to the experts, who have previously disclosed the reported pitfalls of high-sugar content products like energy drinks. According to researchers from the World Health Organisation: "A study in the US showed that dental cavities can result from the acidic pH and high-sugar content of products such as energy drinks. Another study showed that consumption of energy drinks can cause erosion and smear layer removal in the teeth, leading to cervical dentin hypersensitivity."

Dan Royals did also disclose that he smokes, but insisted that it had "nothing to do with" the condition of his tongue, saying that it's "purely from these drinks".