April 17, 2011

Energy Drinks Mixed With Alcohol A Risky Combo

A new study has found that drinking energy drinks with alcohol is riskier than drinking alcohol alone.

Researchers determined that while physical and mental impairment were no different with the combination, the feeling of being intoxicated was greater.

"Young people are now drinking alcohol in different ways than they have in the past," Cecile A. Marczinski, assistant professor of psychology at Northern Kentucky University and first author of the study, said in a statement.

"Classic mixed drinks such as rum and coke have been replaced with mixed drinks that use energy drinks instead, such as Jägerbombs and Red Bullâ“ž¢ and vodka."

They said that this could lead to greater risk taking and more chance of causing injury or embarrassment.

Marczinksi and her colleagues assigned 56 college students between the ages of 21 and 33 to one of four groups randomly.

One group received alcohol, the other energy drinks, while a third was given both drinks and a final was given a non-stimulating beverage.

"The findings from this study provide concrete laboratory evidence that the mixture of energy drinks with alcohol is riskier than alcohol alone," said Prof Marczinski.

"College students need to be aware of the risks of these beverages. Moreover, clinicians who are working with risky drinkers will need to try and steer their clients away from these beverages."


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