The debate on alcoholic energy drinks has been raging for a while. The Food and Drug Administration concluded that adding caffeine to alcoholic drinks violates safety rules. The West Australian government banned the sale of alcohol mixed with energy drinks in clubs after midnight. Health and consumer groups in Australia are now calling for a country-wide ban on alcoholic energy drinks. Most major alcohol companies have discontinued their lines of alcoholic energy drinks, but anyone can still make their own caffeine-infused cocktail. In order to establish just how much riskier the consumption of alcohol mixed with energy drinks is compared to alcohol-only consumption researchers in Australia conducted a study.
According to the results just published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research:
…alcohol consumed with energy drinks may provide a double-edged effect: The increased stimulation from energy drinks may negate some intoxication-related side effects by increasing alertness. However, it could also lead to negative side effects associated with overstimulation.
Jerril Rechter, CEO, VicHealth stated in an opinion piece published in the National Times:
They have been dubbed ‘blackout in a can’ for their disturbing ability to erase the events of the night before. They have killed and hospitalised young people worldwide. And are directly linked to heart problems, uncharacteristic erratic behaviour, violence and drink driving.