You’ve probably heard the phrase “moderation is the key”, and you’re going to hear it again! There’s nothing wrong with the occasional energy drink. Whether you prefer Red bull, Monster, or Amp, these drinks can be tasty and help you feel energized and awake!
In general, when drinking energy drinks be mindful that there are some negative health effects associated. For example:
• Did you know that many of the items listed in the ingredient list are just different forms of caffeine? Energy drinks contain a lot of caffeine, and many drinks don’t label the total caffeine content.
• When used in excess, caffeine can cause anxiety, tension, and sleeplessness.
• Headaches may result from caffeine withdrawal.
• Several other reactions are associated with these drinks, such as high blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, jitters and dizziness.
• Dehydration may result from constant urination, depleting the body of the water, vitamins and minerals that it needs to function.
Here are some things to keep in mind if you make the decision to mix both alcohol and energy drinks:
• Combining energy drinks (a stimulant) with alcohol (a depressant) makes it harder for an individual to realize they are drunk. The caffeine from the energy drinks reduces the drowsiness that you typically feel when you are intoxicated. This condition is referred to as “wide awake drunk.”
• Research shows that drinkers who consume alcohol mixed with energy drinks are 3 times more likely to binge drink and leave a bar extremely drunk.
Combining energy drinks and alcohol is not the safest option, but if you insist on mixing, be sure to keep all of these things in mind. Most importantly, make it a point to remember this key word…moderation! Long story short: the less, the better!
Written by Christina Gantt, Peer Educator