Daily Mail- A jobless 26-stone mother is going blind after drinking 28 cans of Red Bull a day. Lena Lupari, 26, from Newtownabbey in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, has gained so much weight from having seven litres on a daily basis that her brain has swollen. The mother-of-three, who consumed more than 3,000 calories from the drink every day, was unaware of the damage she was doing until she collapsed in June. Doctors discovered she had developed a condition known as Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), which they said was a result of her being overweight. Ms Lupari, who was spending nearly £6,000 of her benefits every year – or £450 of her £1,800 monthly hand-outs – on the high-calorie energy drink, says she was addicted. ‘I used to drink 28 cans of Red Bull in a day and I’d only have a meal at night but it would usually be something fast-food like a takeaway or a packet of pasta,’ she said. ‘I’ve got three young children, one with special needs, and didn’t have time to make anything. ‘I’d been suffering from migraines and headaches for about five years but I just ignored them and took painkillers. ‘Then my vision went and I couldn’t even lift my head off the bed and I ended up in hospital for six days.’ Medics says she has to lose seven stone in order to keep the symptoms at bay and since she was hospitalised on June 18, she has entirely cut out Red Bull from her diet and lost two stone.
This is actually kind of a bummer. Not because this lady is going blind due to the fact she can’t stop won’t stop drinking 28 cans (28!) of Red Bull every day and is having trouble feeding her kids. I don’t totally give a shit about that because it could be worse. She could be addicted to something illegal and would be facing jail time. Instead all doctors can really do is say, “Hey, you should probably stop drinking an ocean of Red Bull every day or you’re gonna be staring at darkness for the remainder of your stay on this planet. It’s really up to you though”. And that’s where the bummer comes in. The bummer stems from the realization of there being a downside to the addiction of a legal product. I’m a firm believer that if you’re addicted to something that’s legal, who gives a shit? Whether it be Red Bull or coffee or Chinese food. Go crazy! Have as much sesame chicken as your heart desires. Have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Get 8 coffees a day then get 8 more. Drink 28 Red Bulls a day. You’re still doing sort of alright in comparison. No matter how many Chinese food receipts litter the floor of your apartment it’s still better than being so addicted to coke that you’re sucking a guy’s dick in an alley to score. Take the victories where you can get them. Even if, from time to time, those victories cause you to go blind. Being blind from Red Bull, not in a jail cell and without the smell of a coke dealer’s cum on your breath is a victory in itself.