Will alcohol mixed with energy drinks take away your wings?
Research shows that alcohol mixed with energy drinks may lead to negative ramifications.
It all starts out with the polarity between consuming alcohol, a sedative, and the avalanche that is an energy drink.
The energy drink (AmED) surges sugar and what-not through you thus masking how impaired (drunk) you really are. The less impaired you feel, the more you drink, the more you drink, the less you care. This all leads to undesirable decisions.
There has been a general increase in the consumption of energy drinks over the past few years in Europe. Even 13% of children under the age of 10 consume AmED’s. In North America, there was a 50% increase in emergency department admissions involving energy drink consumption between 2007 and 2011- 13% of which involved alcohol.
In a UK survey of University students, the results were as follows:
– Consumers of energy drinks were more likely to smoke cigarettes, take illegal substances, and started drinking at a younger age.
– Regarding alcohol consumption only the results were that those who sometimes used energy drinks ended up drinking more, as well as more frequently than those who didn’t drink energy drinks.
-Those that fell solely in the bracket of AmED partakers had interesting results. They consumed less alcohol when mixing drinks with energy drinks than without. They also had fewer binges and less heavy drinking days.
What’s the verdict? High or dry?
Although these results are very inconclusive more research needs to be done.
The facts remain that an energy drink is harmful in its make-up. The amount of sugar and caffeine in these drinks are higher than kites and these attributes have their own consequences.
We cannot say for sure that drinking alcohol laced with energy drinks leads to more harm than regular alcoholic beverages but I guess the key will always be to moderate your intake.
In this case, too much of a fun thing becomes a dangerous thing. How big do our wings really need to be?