The Drank drink is raising some eyebrows. It’s an “anti-energy” drink,” with melatonin and valerian root. Picture it there next to the energy drinks at the convenience store. (What happens if you mix them: is it like mixing matter with antimatter?) Sounds mellow (melatonin), and other-wordly (seen any Valerians lately?).

The Drank Drink

The Drank Drink

As pointed out in an AP article,

… The warning label hardly sets minds at ease:

“Do not take if you are pregnant or nursing. Do not take if you are under age 12. If you have any known allergies or are under medical supervision seek the advice of your healthcare professional prior to using this product. Do not take when operating machinery or driving a vehicle.”

With catchy names like RelaxZen, Vacation in a Bottle and Blue Cow (think Red Bull’s alter ego), anti-energy drinks for now are hard to find on local shelves, but at least 20 brands can be bought online.

Their emergence worries some health officials troubled by a culture that, with a twist of the cap, veers back and forth in the fast lane only to crave shut-eye at night.

Noting that melatonin and some herbs can be effective in helping people rest, “these drinks are new, they’re unregulated and you can grab them at the convenience store whether or not you’re on medication that could trigger a reaction,” said Susan Lewis, president of Mental Health America of the Heartland in Kansas City, Kan. …


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