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Rick Moldenhauer uses energy drinks as props Thursday as he conducts his "Energy Drinks: The Other Six-Pack" presentation at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building in Willmar. The presentation was conducted to draw attention to an increasing number of teens and young adults who are consuming energy drinks in ways that may put their health at risk. Moldenhauer is a treatment services consultant with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Human services speaker outlines the health risks of misusing energy drinks

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Rick Moldenhauer brought an entire show-and-tell Thursday to a seminar on energy drinks: 16-ounce beverage cans, highly concentrated "energy shots," and even caffeinated versions of breath mints, candy bars and beer.

By themselves, these pro-ducts aren't inherently bad, Moldenhauer told his audience.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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