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Mixing Energy Drinks With Alcohol Increases the Urge to Drink


A new study finds mixing energy drinks with alcohol increases the urge to drink. People who consume the mixture may drink more alcohol than they planned, according to the researchers.

“Obviously these findings are not going to deter young people from drinking if they want to get drunk, but they need to be mindful that they may be unwittingly putting themselves at a greater risk of accidents and injuries because they end up drinking more than they had intended,” lead author Rebecca McKetin told Reuters.

The study included 75 participants ages 18 to 30. They were assigned to drink either vodka mixed with soda water or vodka mixed with an energy drink. Both groups also had fruit juice in their drinks. Participants did not know which drink they were receiving.

They answered questions before and after they drank the cocktail. Those who drank the mix of vodka and energy drink had a greater urge to drink alcohol afterwards, compared with those who drank vodka and soda water, the researchers report in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. Participants who drank the mix of vodka and energy drink also said they liked their drink more than those who had the vodka and soda water.

Energy drink manufacturers in the United States are no longer allowed to make high-caffeine drinks with alcohol, but young people are mixing their own drinks, such as combining Red Bull and Jägermeister liquor.

A study published in 2013 concluded drinking alcohol with an energy drink is more dangerous than drinking alcohol alone. Researchers found college students tended to drink more heavily, and become more intoxicated, on days they used both energy drinks and alcohol, compared with days when they only drank alcohol.

1 Response to this article

  1. Chuck / July 24, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Folks this is only one study, we can not reach conclusions on such number of subjects. There is substantially a lot more to scientific evidence that reading Join Together, Reuter, and Science Daily. Non of them are journals. And even the link Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research merely give us a short abstract. I appreciate the fact that Join Together provides the news, but I wish they provide us with better Scientific Links.

    An article and survey by (Butler, William & Wakefield,(1993)”Obstacle to disseminating Applied Psychological Science”, Journal of Applied & Prevention Psychology. I used to have access to this whole article and I couldn’t find it right now. Even though I have a copy in my hard drive am afraid that I can not provide the information either. Although the internet was developed to share the free flow of scientific information. It seem to become more restrictive.
    The article by Butler and graduate students have been cited hundreds of times.

    This is the best that I can do for you at such short notice.

    But if you want a copy of the article you can email me at worsetreatmentihad@gmailcom I be happy to send it to you. You shouldn’t have to pay $31.50 for an article that was given to them by the authors. Or even $11.oo by PsyNet of APA

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