Recipe for Injury: Energy Drinks and Booze
A new review of 13 earlier studies on mixing alcohol with energy drinks, or drinking alcohol alone, found that people who mix energy drinks and booze might be at a greater risk of injury while drunk than those who drink alcohol by itself. The review by researchers at the University of Victoria's Centre for Addictions Research in Canada was published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
One of the previous studies cited in the review, for example, found that teenagers who mixed alcohol and energy drinks were five times more likely to suffer alcohol-related injuries and four times more likely to end up in fights compared with other teens who consumed only alcohol.
"Usually when you're drinking alcohol, you get tired and you go home," Audra Roemer, a research assistant at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, said in a statement. "Energy drinks mask that, so people may underestimate how intoxicated they are, end up staying out later, consume more alcohol, and engage in risky behavior and more hazardous drinking practices." But researchers also cautioned that, because of the variety of previous studies cited in the review and due to limitations in the methodology of a number of those studies, more research is needed to confirm the results of the Canadian review.
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