The Dangers of Alcohol and Energy Drinks
Energy drinks have become overwhelmingly popular over the last decade, leading to the creation of many brands including Red Bull, Monster, Rockstar, Amp, and Full Throttle. Promising to stimulate the senses and provide drinkers with the energy they desire, energy drinks contain high levels of sugar and caffeine to do the job. Although this may appeal to energy seekers, the consequences of consuming large amounts of these types of drinks may be dangerous. What’s more alarming is the recent trend to mix energy drinks with alcohol. While everyone is aware that excessive amounts of alcohol may be dangerous, few stop to consider the true danger of mixing alcoholic beverages with their favorite energy drink.
The main problem with mixing energy drinks and alcoholic beverages is that the caffeine present in most energy drinks dulls the effects of the alcohol, causing a person to feel less impaired than they may actually be. This result could have serious consequences if drinkers believe that they’re sober enough to have another drink or sober enough to get behind the wheel, leading to DUI charges and potentially serious injuries.
Although the Food and Drug Administration has not fully investigated the true nature of energy drinks, an increasing number of DUI cases related to their consumption have to grab their attention. If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI and believe that you were unable to recognize your intoxication level due to the mixture of energy drinks and alcohol, the bar or energy drink manufacturer may be responsible for your charges.