I started writing this article the other day for an attorney law blog and realized how silly it sounded. I put in all of the work and then realized that probably everyone knows that sipping on that Red Bull and Vodka isn’t any good for you. Although I decided not to publish on my firm’s website, I have decided instead to post it here.
TLDR; If you want to be healthy don’t drink energy drinks and alcohol together.
Article is Below:
There has been a strong spotlight recently on the risks that are associated with energy drinks that are high in caffeine. However, many youngsters are now trying out a dangerous combination of alcohol and energy drinks.
An Australian study focused on the increasing trend of young adults mixing alcohol and energy drinks. Many young adults looking for heightened hedonistic pleasure are experimenting with such lethal cocktails. The kind of rush that they get from drinking these beverages seems to override their fear of getting addicted to these beverages, or overdoses. There are potentially deadly consequences linked to such intoxication levels. The risks of being involved in alcohol-related car accidents, rapes, sexual assault and other crimes is simply too real.
The findings of the study are expected to be published soon in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research journal. Across Australia, energy drinks have become very popular among young people, and approximately 15% of patrons in five Australian cities had consumed these alcohol plus energy drink combinations at the time of the survey. They also found that persons who had used alcohol plus energy drink combos showed much higher blood alcohol concentration levels, than those who had not used such beverages.
Just under half of young adults included in the survey admitted to mixing energy drinks with alcohol over the past six months. Those rates are very similar to those found in other countries, including the United States. The respondents also admitted to drinking these combinations in excess of the recommended guidelines.
Overall, young adults are using these alcohol – energy drink combinations to get drunk, and for other hedonistic motives. These are the same motives that incite people to get intoxicated on alcohol alone.
The irony is that very often, young adults drink alcohol- energy drink combinations to become sober after drinking alcohol. In such cases, the opposite happens -the person actually gets more intoxicated.