Alcohol and Energy Drinks: A Dangerous Mix

cocktails and energy mixersThe new Redbull and Monster energy drinks are no longer reserved for the afternoon slump we all feel from time to time.  Actually, they’re being used as mixers in bars and clubs across the country.  It has become the choice pick-me-up cocktail among many college students and young adults.  However, how much do we really know about these so-called wonder drinks?


Truth is, mixing alcohol with energy drinks is very dangerous and damaging, both physically and mentally.  Our bodies have a normal response pattern to alcohol consumption, such as the “buzz” we feel, the deep sleep after heavy indulgence and the hangover the next day.  It’s a routine response for our bodies to naturally regulate itself back to normal.  However, alcohol mixed with energy drinks completely disrupts this pattern.


In a recent study, conducted by Northern Kentucky University’s own Cecile A. Marczinski, participants reported their feelings after having alcoholic beverages that were and were not mixed with energy drinks, such as Redbull and Monster.


Those consuming alcohol mixed with the energy drinks reported feeling twice as much energy as they usually did when drinking.  In addition, they reported inability to fall asleep or to come down off of their buzz.  Increased heart rate, sweating, dizziness and nausea were also reported.


So the verdict’s out on this one.  Energy drinks may give you “wings,” but when mixed with alcohol, it can mislead you to think you can fly.  The mixture can distort the reality of whether or not you’ve actually had one drink too many and can mask the effects that prove drunkenness.


The feelings that result from this party combination are dangerous and misleading.  In fact, it’s just another reason to not drink and drive, because no pair of “wings” will help you avoid the risk of a car accident or being charged with a DUI.


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