How many times have you reached for a cup of coffee in the morning or an energy drink in the afternoon? From a quick kick to a daily routine, each of us is somehow connected to caffeine and its glorious ability to make us explode with boundless energy. Nevertheless, daily activities take a different turn when you mix this relatively safe stimulant with the absolutely unsafe alcohol. As bizarre as this sounds, energy drinks containing alcohol are big-time sellers on the market. (What’s even more surprising is that they are 100% legal.) Back in 2011 alone, the number of emergency room visits related to alcohol/caffeine mixtures was 10 times stronger than 5 years ago. So, what makes this combination especially deadly? Let’s take a closer look and find out.
More Than You Bargained For
Research into the effects of mixing alcohol and caffeine determined that people will suffer from these side effects if they indulge in this concoction:
- Commit a DUI offense (driving under the influence of a drug)
- Ride with a driver who is intoxicated
- Suffer from physical injuries
- Be admitted for immediate medical attention
- Develop alcohol abuse, alcoholism, or alcohol dependency
Changing the Brains of Young Drinkers
Although caffeine is relatively safe (in small doses), alcohol is a much different story, and a combination of the two can be 100% destructive on developing brains. In a study conducted by researchers at Northern Kentucky University’s Department of Psychological Science), the team discovered the practice of drinking alcohol and caffeine is extremely popular among teens and young adults. Why is this the case? According to the Kentucky team, young people consume caffeine-infused alcohol for these reasons:
- Loss of perception of intoxication
- Increased stimulation of the mind and body
- Boost in a desire to consume more alcohol
More Harm to You
In another study, scientists also found that young adults who drink caffeine/alcohol combinations (specifically energy drinks) suffered more physical harm than young adults who just drank booze. Members of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia) found that alcoholic energy drinks not only increase a desire to drink but also induce a severe psychological roller coaster (a massive “high” followed by a painful crash).
Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse or Alcoholism
Overall, caffeine might be a relatively harmless drug, but combining this stimulant with alcohol can potentially harm you and your loved ones. Consuming alcohol-infused energy drinks puts your life at risk and should never be practiced. Are you suffering from a severe form of alcohol abuse or alcoholism? Do you have a friend or a loved one who is also coping with one of these mental illnesses?
If either case is correct, get in touch with Asana Recovery today to take back control. With the help of our counselors and healthcare experts, you can take the right steps and make the best choices for living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road through withdrawal, detox, and rehab might not be easy, we will be ready to help you every step of the way. The time for you to take back control of your life is now.
If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your alcohol abuse or addiction troubles today.