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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Energy Drinks with Alcohol are Dangerous

Alcohol is often a part of growing up in the world, teenagers and young adults have been known to drink to excess. A number of parents seem relatively unaffected by their children partaking in drinking from time to time despite the consequences that can come with underage drinking. The real problem with underage drinking is that it diminishes ones sensibilities which often leads to poor decision making - like drunk driving. Naturally, in an attempt to drive drunk better, teenagers will try and find a way to make it happen. A common misconception, amongst the younger generations, is that stimulants like caffeine all way down to cocaine will make one's ability to drive easier because they will feel more awake and thus less intoxicated. This error in thinking has helped fuel the alcohol infused energy drink revolution that has swept across the United States infiltrating college campus' and high schools.

The fact of the matter is that drinking alcohol with stimulants is more dangerous than drinking alcohol by itself. Scientists from Northern Kentucky University have begun researching alcohol when it is mixed with an energy drink like Redbull, by splitting 56 college students between the ages of 21 and 33 into four groups. The students received an alcoholic beverage, an energy drink, a mixed drink with both ingredients, or a placebo. Every drink given to the test subjects was made to hide whether or not the drink contained alcohol. The scientists would then ask a series of questions dealing with rating how they feel and were asked to do or not do certain actions after the drink they consumed. They were then asked to rate feelings such as:

  • stimulation
  • sedation
  • impairment
  • levels of intoxication

Every candidate that was given alcohol showed signs of impairment which is what would be expected. The individuals who drank the alcoholic energy drink believed that they were less impaired than those who drank the same dose of alcohol alone, the study authors said, which supports the idea that people mixing energy ingredients with alcohol were more likely to make poor decisions leading towards drunk driving. "This study demonstrates these drinks are different . . . and consumers should be aware," said study author Cecile Marczinski, an assistant professor in the department of psychological science. "It might be appropriate to put warning labels on energy drinks saying they should not be mixed with alcohol." Surveys from the past have shown that 30 to 50 percent of U.S. teenagers and young people consume energy drinks, which may also contain stimulants such as guarana.

The good news is that after reviewing the subject for over a year, in November of 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned ready-made alcoholic beverages with added caffeine.

1 comment:

  1. Energy Drink is fine to use but not to the point you are depending on it everyday. I think it would be the best if you will still take best multivitamins everyday. To keep your body fit and healthy.

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