Japanese media reported on Monday that a man in his 20s who had consumed a lot of caffeinated drinks over a long period of time died due to caffeine poisoning.
According to Fukuoka University, the man was working during the night and regularly took caffeine in beverage and tablet form in order to stay awake at work, Fuji TV reported. He worked at a gasoline station from midnight to dawn.
Colleagues said the man used to consume a lot of energy drinks and that he had vomited and collapsed many times in the year prior to his death, Fuji reported.
On the day he died, he vomited and was found unconscious at home. He was taken to hospital where he died.
The university's forensic medicine faculty was requested by police to perform an autopsy, which showed a high level of caffeine powder in the man's stomach contents and blood. Caffeine intoxication was listed as the official cause of death.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said they have never heard of such a case in Japan yet, and that this may be the first caffeine-induced death in Japan.
According to the Food Safety Commission's guidelines, three cups of coffee a day for an adult and a 350-milliliter can of soda for children between 4 and 6 years old is the recommended maximum daily amount of caffeine intake.© Japan Today