The Dangers of Mixing Alcohol and Energy Drinks

Ever since the introduction of energy drinks onto the world market, people have found new ways to mix these drinks with alcohol. There were red bull and vodka, the Irish Trashcan, and the ever-popular Four Loko, just to name a few. Eager consumers stood by with cash in hand, ready to purchase these drinks at alarming rates, but yet the eagerness of the market was met with apprehension from scientists and those in the medical community who understood that mixing a depressant like alcohol and a stimulant like an energy drink could result in a myriad of unwanted results. Almost immediately upon the rise in popularity of these drinks did these unwanted results start to become apparent, as individuals began to experience blackouts and other adverse effects from consuming alcoholic beverages with energy drinks.

In 2010, the FDA actually issued a warning letter to the manufacturers of four malt energy drinks, stating that adding caffeine to their drinks constituted an “unsafe food additive” and further actions could be taken against these companies. The manufacturers of Four Loko, being one of the company’s issued the warning, changed their formula in order to avoid an outright federal ban, but what the issuance of the FDA warning showed is just how dangerous mixing alcohol and energy drinks can be.

The Dangers of Mixing Alcohol and Energy Drinks

One of the desired effects that people are looking for when mixing alcohol and energy drinks is the energy boost that they get from the caffeine in the energy drink. This allows them to party longer and drink more without feeling like they are going to fall asleep, but the problem is that this effect very often results in people drinking more than they are capable of because they are not feeling the full effects of the alcohol in their system.

For instance, even though a person who drinks 2 beers and 2 Four Loko might be consuming the same amount of alcohol, the person who drinks the regular beer will feel the effects of the alcohol much quicker, and know that they should stop drinking. The reason for this is because the caffeine that is used when mixing alcohol and energy drinks creates a “wide awake drunk” which makes the person feel like they aren’t drunk at all. This effect will last for the duration that the caffeine is in their system, but once it processes through their body, they will feel the full effects of the alcohol, which can result in blackouts or other issues like alcohol poisoning.

A person who is mixing alcohol and energy drinks very often will drink far more than they are used to because they will not believe that they are intoxicated. This has on more than one occasion led a person to believe they were capable of driving because they did not feel intoxicated, only to get behind the wheel of the car and have the effects of the caffeine wear off. When this occurs, they then experience the full weight of the alcohol and this can and has led to fatal car crashes in the past.

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The important thing to remember is that both caffeine and alcohol have negative side effects, and when mixing alcohol and energy drinks together, these side effects combine and amplify. Both are diuretics which means they dehydrate the person, so when the two are combined, they can cause severe dehydration before the person is even aware that it is occurring. Not to mention that the inability to distinguish how intoxicated they are only further complicates the dehydration issue, as people may believe that they are perfectly fine, but are actually in need of medical assistance.

Don’t Mix Alcohol and Energy Drinks

So while it may seem like a good idea to mix alcohol and energy drinks because it will allow you to drink for a longer period of time, understand that there are serious risks involved in doing this and it should not be taken lightly. Remember that if you are going to mix the two, be conscious of the fact that you may be more intoxicated than you think and that when the effects of the caffeine wear off you may blackout or experience alcohol poisoning. Also, if the reason that you are mixing alcohol and energy drinks is so that you can drink for a longer period of time, you may be venturing into dangerous territory and may possibly have a drinking problem.

While not everyone who drinks heavily has an issue with alcohol, often times people who want to consume as much as they possibly can are either currently suffering from alcoholism or are on their way to suffering from alcoholism. If you find that you consume more alcohol than you initially intended to consume or that you that a compulsion and preoccupation with drinking, then you may want to seek professional help for your alcohol problem.

Seeking Treatment For Alcoholism or Addiction

If you find that you cannot stop using drugs or alcohol even though you would like to, then you may be suffering from an addiction. Addiction is an actual, recognizable disease and as such, you’re inability to stop on your own should not be a cause for shame or guilt. There are millions of people every year who need to seek help for addiction and alcoholism, and many have made it through their struggles to a life of recovery. So if you think you need help, then call the professionals at Dream Center for Recovery today at 1-877-978-3148. Our trained staff is standing by to take your call, to help you in any way they can.