Mixing alcohol and energy drinks has been a popular practice for some time now, especially among young adults. The effects of energy drinks alone is enough for alarm, but mixing alcohol and energy drinks together is an extra cause for concern. Mixing these two substances can become very risky and very dangerous.
The amount of caffeine and other ingredients in energy drinks act as a stimulant to the body. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant and slows down the brain and motor activity. Therefore, mixing alcohol and energy drinks is like taking a stimulant with alcohol. In essence, what a person is doing when mixing alcohol and energy drinks is having the effects of the stimulating energy drinks take over and make the user feel more awake and less intoxicated than they really are.
The danger in taking these two substances together is that when the user doesn’t realize how intoxicated they really are, they have false confidence that they are capable of driving. The caffeine boost makes them think that they are more awake but their body is feeling all of the sedating effects from the alcohol. Also, most of the time the individual ends up drinking far more alcohol than they intended or that they even realize they are drinking. By drinking more, they are putting themselves at risk for alcohol poisoning or an alcohol overdose. They could even possibly have a caffeine overdose which is possible and can be life-threatening.
Some of the signs of a caffeine overdose include:
It’s more likely that a person will overdose on caffeine when they are mixing alcohol and energy drinks. College students are at the highest risk for mixing alcohol and energy drinks. Combining these two substances along with college students’ tendencies for binge drinking makes this a very dangerous practice for these kids.
Participating in these behaviors puts them at a higher risk for dangerous behavior such as driving while drunk, fighting among each other, and risking adverse sexual behavior either as a victim or taking advantage of others who are also mixing alcohol and energy drinks.
It is easy to see how mixing alcohol and energy drinks is far more dangerous than drinking alcohol alone. While drinking among college students is a major problem in this country, this far outweighs only drinking alcohol. There are many deaths yearly among college students from binge drinking and partying on campuses but this puts another face on the problem.
Many young adults go through their recreational drinking days while in college and then go on to be productive, responsible individuals in society. However, there are many who start drinking recreationally in college and continue on with their drinking and become alcoholics with all of the problems that are connected with that stigma.
Whether you are mixing alcohol and energy drinks or drinking alcohol without the added combination of ingredients, don’t continue on this path of destruction. Before it becomes a bigger problem, get professional help from an inpatient addiction treatment rehab center. Not only is mixing alcohol and energy drinks a dangerous practice which can easily result in an overdose or a fatality from driving while intoxicated, if you are lucky enough to survive that, you can ruin your future and all of the possibilities you have for a fantastic life.
Don’t be the victim of addiction to alcohol or any other substance, get information on a treatment program which can put you on the path of recovery and a healthy, productive life. Call for more information on treatment programs designed for your specific needs. Do it now.