As reported in Science Daily, a recent study looked at some of the dangers connected to mixing alcoholic beverages and energy drinks. Researchers from multiple institutions surveyed more than 500 college students and compared their drinking patterns.
What they found was that college students were drinking more heavily and becoming more intoxicated on days when they consumed both energy drinks and alcohol.
“As energy drinks become more and more popular, we should think about prevention strategies for reducing the negative consequences of using energy drinks and of combining energy drinks with alcohol,” said the lead researcher for the study, which was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
The full study was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health and warned that the use of energy drinks plus alcohol represents an emerging threat to public health.
Problems caused by heavy alcohol consumption on campuses across the country are too prevalent already, including hundreds of thousands of cases of assault, unsafe sexual behavior and violence. Anything that increases these preventable tragedies should be taken seriously.
If you have a loved one in college who is exhibiting signs and dangerous behavior associated with heavy drinking, contact us today to learn more about effective intervention practices.