Monday, February 13, 2012


Not enough sleep last night? Did a dumb thing by staying up too late watching your 'GET SMART' episodes on DVD and now you're paying the price for it . . . all-freakin'-day?

Didn't get to bed until 4 AM because you were studying for that final exam today, and now you're just dead on your feet and too tired to remember the correct answers?

Well, help is only 2 fluid ounces away. It's called ENERGY 2000 :

ENERGY 2000 comes in three flavors - Orange, Grape, Berry - and it sells for .99 cents at most Walgreens Drug Stores (at least here in Phoenix, Airheadzona, it does).

I was on a road trip vacation to Las Vegas with a friend once and we hit the road pretty early in the morning. Neither of us had gotten enough sleep the night before, so my friend had brought along a couple 2-ounce bottles of 5-Hour Energy - that product you see advertised often. (Advertising costs money, and the cost of it is passed on to the customer via higher prices - remember that, you'll need it later.) 5-Hour Energy boasts of providing "Hours of energy now - no crash later", and of being "Sugar Free" with "Only 4 calories". They say you'll "Feel it in minutes" and "It lasts for hours".

This was my first experience with 5-Hour Energy, and I'm prepared to confirm that all the company says about it is true. After that road trip, I would occasionally pick up a couple bottles of that stuffs to have on hand when I really needed it.

Then, some months later, I discovered a very similar product called ENERGY 2000 selling at Walgreens for much, much less.

In most convenience stores you'll find 5-Hour Energy selling for between $3. and $3.50. But, as I said above, ENERGY 2000  - made by Global Brands LLC of Scottsdale, AZ. but available only at Walgreens Drug Stores (as far as I know) - sells for a mere .99 cents.

But the question is: Does it work as well as 5-Hour Energy does?

Well, it certainly ought to, seeing as how the ingredients are damn near identical. Let's compare and contrast:

OK, now here's how the ENERGY 2000 label reads:

Serving Size: 2 fl. oz.
Calories: 0 [as compared to 5-Hour Energy's 4]
Total Carbohydrates: 0 g
Niacin (as Niacinamide) :  20 mg [ten mgs. less than 5-Hour Energy]
Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine Hydrochloride) : 40 mg.
Folic Acid: 400 mcg.
Vitamin B12 (as Cyanocobalamin) : 500 mcg.
Sodium: 10 mg [8 mgs. less than 5-Hour Energy contains]

Energy Blend 2200 [330 mg more potent than 5-Hour Energy] :
Taurine, Malic Acid, Caffeine, Glucoronolactone, N-Acetyl, L-Tyrosine, L-Phenylalanine [ENERGY 2000 does not include any Citicoline, as found in 5-Hour Energy]

There is no Enzyme Blend listed on the 5-Hour Energy bottle, but there is on ENERGY 2000. It reads as follows:

Enzyme Blend 1 mg :
Amylase, Protease, Lipase, Cellulase, Lactase

So, as you can see, the ingredients are very similar, with each formula tweaked just slightly here and there. I find that ENERGY 2000 does indeed give me energy for at least 5 hours, sometimes more like 6 or even 7 hours. It makes me feel awake and alert, but never jittery, the way too many cups o' coffee affects me. And, no, there is no "crashing" feeling as the little drink is wearing off.

Both products work great - exactly as advertised. But the difference in price is approximately $2.00 to $2.50 per bottle.

So, why am I posting an advertisement for ENERGY 2000 on my blog? Do I work for the company? Do I own stock in the product? NO! & NO! My action is solely self-serving: through this blog bit I hope merely to continue SAVING money, not make more of it. I find that ENERGY 2000 works so well and is so inexpensive that I purchase the stuffs a case at a time now (12 bottles).

I like this product (and its price) so much that I want to see it branch out and become a big seller nationally, so it will remain readily available at a price even I can afford!

If 5-Hour Energy is the kind of product you do buy or would buy on occasion, I urge you to see if ENERGY 2000 is available at a Walgreens Drug Store near you. If it's not, see if it can be requested; perhaps your Walgreens would be willing to stock it on a regular basis.

For more information, try contacting the manufacturer at:

Then study all night and ace that test. You can celebrate by swimming 2000 laps or playing tennis for a few days and nights.

Sleep?  Fuhgeddaboudit!  We'll watch 'Get Smart' all night, every night, and we'll sleep when we're dead!

~ Stephen T. McCarthy

YE OLDE COMMENT POLICY: All comments, pro and con, are welcome. However, ad hominem attacks and disrespectful epithets will not be tolerated (read: "posted"). After all, this isn’t, so I don’t have to put up with that kind of bovine excrement.


Missed Periods said...

I am currently on the second season of Mad Men, and seven episodes later, it's 3am and I've got to work the next day. Is Energy 2000 as addicting as Don Draper?

Rae said...

I've always been a bit cautious about that "stuffs"...But it's good to know it works- just in case I decide to get nerdy and watch Get Smart.
Think I'll just stick with Maxwell House for now. Sorry I can't help your campaign...

Karen Peterson said...

I can't actually remember what it feels like to not be tired, but I'm always scared to try these things. Maybe I will...

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

>>...Is Energy 2000 as addicting as Don Draper?

I find it MORE addicting... but then, well, you know... I'm more addicted to the Susan Deys than the Don Drapers.

Well, if Maxwell Smart-- er... I mean, if Maxwell House still works for ya, then there's no reason for you to get hooked on "the hard stuffs" like I am.

If it were truly bad for the body, I think mine would have collapsed already.

I can tell you this much with certainty though: It's gotta be less hazardous to ya than 2 ounces of that Maotaizhen Chinese wine would be. At least the empty cup doesn't "stay joss-stick lasting."

~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'

Arlee Bird said...

Maybe I need some of this stuff. Then again maybe I need to go back to being in my 30s.

Strange-- we are on a related tangent in our posts. Or could be in a sense.

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Stephen T. McCarthy said...

Yeah, 30 would be good. 25 even better. 21 and falling off a bar stool best of all!

I'll check out yer gig today, Boidman.

~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'

farawayeyes said...

No Walgreens - no trouble staying awake -insomnia.

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

Insomnia? For that I prescribe bourbon, and lots of it! There's no one who won't pass out at SOME point.

~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'

Hold my hand: a social worker's blog said...

I'm with M.P. , I prefer Don Draper over this energy drink! LOL


Stephen T. McCarthy said...

OK, well that's...
Don Draper - 2 vs. Energy 2000 - 1.

~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'

walk2write said...

Hubs has me on a short leash when it comes to staying up past bedtime. Says he can't sleep without me beside him. Haha. He's always been an insomniac, and bourbon doesn't help either. Got any other tricks up your sleeve, Dr. McCarthy?

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

It must feel good to be so needed by someone! ;o)

Actually, yes, I do have another suggestion, but I'm afraid "Dr. McCarthy" can't write the prescription for it - you'll need a more "authorized, state-approved" doctor for this one but...


One pill (with a glass of bourbon) makes you sleepy
And one bottle of Energy 2000 makes you wake up
And the stuffs that mother gives you
Don't do anything at all

If not for Temazepam and Energy 2000 I'd be long dead (and probably much happier!)

~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'

walk2write said...

"One pill (with a glass of bourbon) makes you sleepy
And one bottle of Energy 2000 makes you wake up..." Sounds like an adult version of Alice in Wonderland. Liver confusion would likely result from this recipe. I keep telling hubs to read something really boring at bedtime. It usually works for me. Monotonous poetry is the best.

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

>>...I keep telling hubs to read something really boring at bedtime.

Oh, hell, send him over to read my blog! That should put him under. (Perhaps even six-feet under, should you ever wish to be rid of him.)

Of course, it will be up to you every night to turn off the computer and out the lights, but a small price to pay, I would think.

~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'