The Danger of Energy Drinks and Liquor - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/5/07

The Danger of Energy Drinks and Liquor

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Have you heard what some people order for an extra buzz at the bar? Red Bull and vodka are just an example. The trend is mixing some energy drinks with any liquor, but now a study at Wake Forest University finds that the combination is a recipe for potential disaster.

The study says students who drink alcohol mixed with so-called "energy drinks" are twice as likely to be hurt or injured, require medical attention, or ride with a drunk driver versus students who drink straight alcohol.

The problem is energy drinks are loaded with caffeine which is a stimulant. Researchers say mixing that much stimulant with alcohol, which is a depressant, is like getting into a car and stepping on the gas and the brake at the same time. Although the symptoms of drunkenness may be reduced, those students are still drunk and very dangerous behind the wheel.

The American Beverage Association has provided this statement: "Energy drinks are a non-alcoholic, refreshment beverage and are consumed primarily in that manner. If adults choose to mix them with alcoholic beverages, they should be aware of the risks associated with the consumption of any alcoholic drink."

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