Despite my assumption of vodka/Red Bull no longer being "a thing," it appears I was very, very wrong. Plenty of people still think it's a great idea to mix alcohol and caffeine. My hope is that it was because there wasn't the science to prove otherwise. Well, guess what, now there is!
According to a study published in EurekAlert!:
"Researchers at the University of Victoria's Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CARBC), in Canada, searched for peer-reviewed journal articles on the topic of alcohol and energy drinks published from 1981 to 2016 and found 13 that fit their criteria and were able to be analyzed. Of those studies, 10 showed evidence of a link between the use of alcohol mixed with energy drinks (AmED) and an increased risk of injury compared to drinking alcohol only. The study classified injuries as unintentional (such as falls or motor vehicle accidents) and intentional (such as fights or other physical violence)."
In case quick mental math isn't your thing, as it's not mine either, that's 35-years worth of studies! Not convincing enough? How about this, according to Purdue University:
"Drinking highly caffeinated alcoholic beverages triggers changes in the adolescent brain similar to taking cocaine, and the consequences last into adulthood as an altered ability to deal with rewarding substances."
Despite the word "adolescent" being used, it's still not worth consuming even if you're past that stage of life.
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