Energy Drinks & Alcohol: What You Should Know

Energy Drinks & Alcohol

Mixing alcohol with caffeine is a popular practice at local bars and parties. Although popular, mixing the two can become very dangerous and even lethal. Often, people who struggle with alcohol addiction can overdo it, sustaining alcohol-related injuries.

When alcohol is mixed with caffeine, the caffeine has the power to mask the depressants of alcohol. This typically leads to drinkers feeling more alert than usual, giving off the illusion that they are sober. The more sober someone feels the more prone they are to continuing drinking. As a result, impairment may be more serious than they realize, increasing risks of alcohol-attributed harm.

Even alone, energy drinks can be detrimental to your health. Recently, 19-year-old Dustin Hood drank 3 ½ Monster energy drinks, leading him to cardiac arrest and, sadly, death. Granted, that’s a great deal of Monster to be consumed, but those 3 ½ cans are equivalent to fourteen 12-oz. cans of Coke. That’s a lot of caffeine.

Energy drinks tend to contain unhealthy doses of caffeine. Habitual caffeine drinkers can become addicted to these drinks. On top of all of the caffeine, you are dealing with a mass sugar intake as well.

Since caffeine has no effect on metabolism, it does nothing to sober you up. While the energy drink is an upper, alcohol is a downer. Mixing the two can throw your heart into cardiac arrest.

If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol addiction, don’t hesitate to reach out to Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers at 855-859-8808.