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Alcohol and Energy Drinks Do Not Go Together, Study Warns

Alcohol and Energy Drinks Do Not Go Together, Study Warns

Drinkers who prefer adding Red Bull to their Vodka shot, here’s a caution statement issued by a team from the University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CARBC) in Canada.

According to the findings of a new research, mixing alcohol with energy drinks can be a nasty mix. Researchers have found that such combination is nasty mix as energy drinks mask the effect of alcohol.

This makes the drinker underestimate his/her level of intoxication, leading to falls and injuries.

The findings of the study are based on an assessment of 13 studies that looked into the effects of alcohol and energy drinks. The studies were conducted between 1981 and 2016.

Researchers found a significant link between drinking alcohol mixed with energy drinks (AmED) and a heightened risk of injuries as compared to consuming alcohol alone. Injuries resulting from both intentional fights and violence and unintentional injuries like falls and accidents were taken into account.

“The stimulant effects of caffeine mask the result that most people get when they drink. Usually when you’re drinking alcohol, you get tired and you go home. Energy drinks mask that, so people may underestimate how intoxicated they are, end up staying out later, consume more alcohol, and engage in risky behavior and more hazardous drinking practices,” Audra Roemer, study’s lead researcher explained.

 

The findings of the study are published in the current issue of Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

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