When it comes to a night out at a bar or pub, the drink of choice for many Canadians is a cocktail containing energy drink and alcohol. Red Bull and Vodka is a popular beverage, and although it won’t really ‘give you wings,’ it will definitely loosen your inhibitions and get you drunk quickly.
But getting drunk quickly comes with a set of consequences, and the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse wants you to know that these types of energy drink alcohol cocktails can have deadly consequences for anyone who drinks them.
There are side effects to just drinking alcohol, but for the most part the side effects are predictable. You’re likely to impair your vision, reduce your coordination, and impair your ability to drive. If you mix alcohol with caffeinated drinks or you buy premixed caffeinated drinks, you open up the door to side effects you might not have bargained on.
- Caffeinated alcoholic drinks can result in you believing you aren’t as drunk as you really are – A recent study showed that drinking energy drinks with alcohol ‘primed’ drinks into drinking more
- Caffeinated alcoholic drinks will keep you awake longer – one of the side effects of having too much to drink is passing out, but if you combine an energy drink with an alcoholic drink, you may stay awake longer and drink more
- Caffeinated alcoholic drinks increase your risk of alcohol poisoning – because the combo entices you to drink more, you could be more likely to suffer from alcohol poisoning
Those aren’t the only side effects of drinking alcohol and energy drinks. The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse also wants you to know that mixing these types of drinks will increase your risk of sexual assault, impaired driving, and violence related to drinking.
St.Patrick’s Day is around the corner and if you’re one of the thousands of Canadians who will be tipping back a drink back in honor of St.Paddy, make sure the drink you choose isn’t an energy drink/alcohol combo, and if you drink, don’t drive.