Irish woman going blind due to Red Bull addiction
Red Bull addicts rarely tend to acknowledge the adverse effects of the long-term consumption of the energy drink.
This mother-of-three from Antrim is now forced to realise her Red Bull addiction may have actually been detrimental to her health. She claims she didn't know the damage she was doing to her body.
Lena Lupari (26), a 26-stone young mother, has serious health issues which have resulted from her excessive consumption of the energy drink.
The 26-year-old, from Newton abbey, says she is going blind after she admitted drinking 28 cans of Red Bull a day.
She's developed Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) due to her being overweight, and was recently hospitalised after collapsing.
She told MailOnline she 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.
"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."
Doctors told her she was losing her sight as her condition leads to the swelling of optic nerves.
Lupari she wants the NHS to help her lose an extra five stone that will avoid the need for medical treatment. She's already lost two stone after doctors completely removed Red Bull from her diet.
"I don't want a gastric band or surgery but I think they should offer help for someone with this and to motivate them - something like a boot camp," she said.
"Losing the weight doesn't mean it will go away forever but it means I won't need surgery."