Drinking out of date drinks can cause serious health problems. Usually, when it comes to food poisoning and similar health concerns, the focus is on food products. However, consuming out of date drinks can be equally hazardous for your health.
What are the main dangers of drinking out of date drinks?
The risks associated with taking on out of date drinks depends on the nature of the drink itself.
- Fizzy drinks
The aspartame used in diet drinks will naturally break down over time. Furthermore, in both diet and full-fat drinks, the carbon dioxide presence will produce more carbonic acid. This is what makes old soda drinks go flat. Aside from a change in flavour and deterioration in taste, these will still be safe to drink. Even if left for a very long time – we’re talking years – it will still be safe (health-wise) to drink. Even if all remaining carbon dioxide breaks down, the final solution will still be less acidic than your stomach acid. The only problem you’ll have is taste. It will be disgusting.
The date shown on your carton of orange juice indicates the time after which your juice can become contaminated. After this date, harmful microorganisms may be present in your juice. These can cause vomiting and stomach cramps. Opening a carton of juice will quicken this process. Often, orange juice will last beyond the use-by date, providing it remains sealed. Once it is opened, it can start to go bad in less than a week if not refrigerated properly. You will easily be able to tell if your juice has turned bad. It will smell and taste sour.
- Alcoholic drinks
Like the aforementioned fizzy drinks, use-by dates for beer are primarily concerned with taste. You can drink beer that is comfortably beyond its expiry date without serious health risks. A beer that is left undrunk will oxidise. This causes it to go stale. Whilst not harmful to drink, it won’t taste anywhere near as good.
What can I do if I am made ill from drinking out of date drinks?
If you are out for a meal or staying in a hotel on holiday, you are entitled to expect safe drinks. If you are served an out of date drink and taken ill as a result, you may be due compensation.
Call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 for more information.