Mixing alcohol with highly caffeinated energy drinks may give people a dangerous buzz which increases the risk of serious injury, according to a new study.
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What’s the Problem?
March 23, 2017 – The study, which was published in this month’s Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, found that the risk of injury could be 20 times greater when people drink alcohol mixed with energy drinks.
“When we look at alcohol alone, there’s a clear dose-response relationship,” said lead researcher Audra Roemer. “When you drink more, the risk goes up.”
A person who has one or two alcoholic beverages doubles their risk of injury compared to when they are sober, and with six drinks that risk is increased six times. But when alcohol is mixed with energy drinks, the risk of injury can be up to 20 times greater.
“It’s quite a bit higher than drinking alcohol on its own,” Romer said.
For the study, the researchers looked at 13 peer-reviewed articles on the risk of injury with the use of alcoholic energy drinks. Ten articles showed evidence of an increased risk of injury from intentional behavior, such as violence or attempted suicide, or accidental acts such as tripping or car crashes, compared with drinking alcohol by itself.
“The stimulant effects of caffeine mask the sedative effects of alcohol,” Romer said. “Usually, when you’re drinking alcohol, you eventually 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 behaviour and more hazardous drinking practices.”
It has been estimated that the number of visits to emergency departments involving energy drinks nearly doubled from 2007 to 2011. The researchers caution that additional studies are needed to determine the extent of the increased risk of injury when alcohol is consumed with energy drinks.
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