Dangers of Combining Alcohol and Energy Drinks

Dangers of Combining Alcohol and Energy Drinks

Energy drinks have become quite popular and some people mix them with alcohol. These drinks contain extremely high levels of stimulants such as caffeine, taurine and ginseng, and they promise users sustained energy and the ability to party longer and harder. College students, teenagers and young adults blend alcohol and energy drinks because the stimulant effects diminish the fatigue that comes with excessive alcohol consumption, but this is a dangerous and possibly life-threatening combination. Medical professionals only just now understand the inherent risks, but seek drug abuse help today before you cause irreversible harm.

How Dangerous Is It to Mix Alcohol and Energy Drinks?

Combining energy drinks and alcohol is a bad idea for all of the following reasons:

  • Energy drinks are stimulants and alcohol is a depressant, so by combining the two drinkers send conflicting signals to their nervous systems. One causes the heart to speed up and the other causes it to slow down, so irregular heartbeat, palpitations or other cardiac complications are possible
  • Alcohol dehydrates the drinker, and caffeine is a diuretic that also dehydrates users. The result can be greatly increased hangover symptoms and sickness, as well as severe dehydration
  • Fatigue is one of the natural ways your body tells you it has had too much alcohol, so by artificially off-setting this fatigue drinkers may increase the chance of overdose by continuing to drink past dangerous levels
  • Energy drinks mask the high of being drunk, which allows the drinker to think he is less impaired than he really is
  • Some people have adverse reactions to the stimulants in the energy drinks when combined with alcohol

These cocktails have become quite popular on college campuses and among teens. Some believe that the stimulant effect of the energy drinks off-sets the intoxicating effect of alcohol because they mask fatigue, but the truth is that the stimulants compound intoxication. Because the energy drinks allow people to drink more, they may also speed up the addiction process.

Help for Alcohol and Energy Drink Abuse

If you have been partying with energy drink cocktails and are starting to be concerned that you may have a problem, answer the following questions:

  • Do you drink more than 10 drinks per week (men) or 5 drinks per week (women)?
  • When you start drinking do you find it difficult to stop until you are drunk?
  • Do you want alcohol every day? Every couple of days?
  • Can you easily go for a month without a drink?
  • Have you been dishonest with others about your drinking?
  • Are you able to have a good time with friends without drinking?
  • Is it starting to take more alcohol for you to feel the effect you desire?

If your answers to these questions are yes, please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline for alcohol addiction help. Our counselors can offer you the following free services:

  • Answers to any questions about alcohol addiction
  • Information about various recovery options
  • Help confirming insurance coverage of treatment costs
  • Access to the best recovery program for your specific needs

It’s awfully easy to become hooked on alcohol. Don’t roll the dice on your future. Call today and let us help you make sure your alcohol use is under control.