Long-term drinkers or Red Bull could be risking heart disease, according to Catherine Collins, chief dietician at St George's Hospital, London. High doses of taurine, an ingredient of the drink, has been linked to increased risk of heart disease, preliminary research shows. The makers of Red Bull, a drink banned in France and Denmark on health grounds, says no one anywhere has ever shown any links with harmful effects. The Times (Body & Soul) 21/02/04 page 18