Caffeine and Alcohol: A Dangerous Mix
Energy drinks have become overwhelmingly popular over the last decade. Promising to stimulate the senses and provide drinkers with the energy they need to get through the day, energy drinks often contain high levels of sugar and caffeine. Although this may appeal to those who need a daily boost in energy, the consequences of consuming large amounts of energy drinks may be dangerous.
Even more alarming is the recent trend of mixing energy drinks with alcohol. While everyone understands that excessive amounts of alcohol may be dangerous, you may not realize that drinking cocktails that contain energy drinks may prove fatal. The caffeine present in most energy drinks dulls the effects of alcohol, causing a person to feel less impaired than they may actually be. This may have serious consequences as drinkers believe that they are sober enough to have another drink or two or sober enough to get behind the wheel, leading to DUI charges and possible injuries.
Although the FDA has yet to investigate the true nature of energy drinks, an increasing number of DUI cases related to the consumption of energy drink/alcohol cocktails should 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.
Contact the Milwaukee criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. for more information by calling (414) 271-9595.