Alcohol and Energy Drinks a Bad Mix
Red Bull and vodka might be a popular drink these days, but a new study suggests that the energy drink and booze can lead to higher rates of drunkenness and impaired driving.
The study, conducted by the University of Florida, surveyed more than 800 college-age drinkers leaving bars between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. The party-goers were asked about their energy drink and alcohol consumption, then had their breath-alcohol concentration levels measured.
Researchers found that 6.5 percent of participants who said they'd been drinking alcohol mixed with energy drinks were three times more likely to be drunk than those who consumed just booze. The average breath-alcohol reading for those who consumed alcohol and energy drinks was 0.109, well above the legal limit of 0.08.
The evidence doesn't end there, as researchers found that bar hoppers who mixed booze and energy drinks left the bar later, drank for longer periods of time, and were four times more likely to say they planned to drive within the hour.
The study was reported in the April issue of the Journal Addictive Behaviors.