I am planning to participate in a tournament, and I was thinking about using energy drinks or caffeinated drinks to enhance my performance.
Is this a good idea? I normally don't take any energy drinks. Will it be counterproductive if I suddenly take up energy drinks, or is it better since I won't develop reliance on energy drinks?
If it is good, how much energy drinks should I take (in milligrams of caffeine), and when is the best time to do so?
Or does energy drink has no effect on chess performance whatsoever?
The only side effect I know about energy drinks is that it is diuretic, but it won't be much of a concern as the time control for the tournament is long.