No Need to Give a Boost to Alcohol

For the typical workaholic or procrastinator, a certain source of energy or inspiration to go on with their work is always needed. One would always imagine a workaholic with a cup of coffee in one hand as he seems to be in a rush to get to his work or perhaps you would imagine a sports player gulping up some energy drink before or in the middle of a game. Admittedly, humans all over the world seem to have this culture that you can always get something out of a drink, even energy.

Energy drinks have become something short of a necessity for workaholics, college students, athletes and people who simply just want to get a boost without resorting to illegal drugs. Well, these drinks really do that because of the caffeine or some similar drug that can be found as one of the primary ingredients. In some cases, these energy drinks work because they hydrate the body. But one can always have too much of what seems to be a good thing.

Caffeine overdose

Pediatric, an online medical journal, published last February 2011 regarding caffeine overdoses in the United States specifically among the youth aged 18 and below. This caffeine overdose was associated with the manifestation of mood disorders, diabetes, and kidney and liver diseases. Aside from caffeine, other stimulants and ingredients are added to make these energy drinks. The problem with most of these ingredients is that there have been no established studies regarding their effects on drinkers. In essence, no one can still sufficiently say what safe levels of energy drink intake would be.

Energy Drinks with alcohol

Energy drink with alcohol

Among the youth, energy drinks are also consumed with, if not mixed, with alcoholic beverages. This has been considered to be a very risky manner of consuming energy drinks. As it is, consuming either one of these drinks is already questionable as far as health is concerned. Just about a year ago, FDA has banned four alcoholic beverages that contained caffeine. By combining these two kinds of drinks, one is more likely to become impaired, thus, leading to a perceived ability to consume more alcohol and caffeine than the body could normally tolerate.

A research done in Northern Kentucky University studied adults aged 21-33 who were asked to drink different dosages of stimulants present in energy drinks together with alcoholic drinks for one group and a placebo drink for the other. A behavior that stood out for the treatment group was impaired impulse control. This has somehow led to an idea that this behavior is worse than that of a person drinking alcohol alone. Another pressing issue is that the market for caffeinated alcoholic beverages is relatively unregulated.

In the United States, it was Senator Charles Schumer who pushed for the banning and regulation of such drinks. He believes that minors who drink alcohol with caffeinated drinks are more likely to get into more trouble and medical dilemmas than alcoholic drinkers who do not mix their drinks with caffeinated ones.

Well, sometimes some alcohol can make people perky and hyper already, why add more?
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