December 5, 2011
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York advises York Region residents to be aware of the health risks associated with consuming energy drinks mixed with alcohol.
Energy drinks contain a large amount of caffeine (a stimulant) and combining these drinks with alcohol (a depressant) masks the perceived intoxicating effects of alcohol and can lead to increased risk-taking and other alcohol-related consequences.
The combination of alcohol and energy drinks has become increasingly popular with youth as energy drinks are more accessible. Some people add energy drinks to alcohol to reduce the sensation and appearance of being intoxicated and to hide the flavour of alcohol. Some mistakenly think mixing energy drinks with alcohol prevents or delays a hangover. Research indicates this is not the case and the blood alcohol concentration in a person’s system remains the same.
Those who consume energy drinks mixed with alcohol tend to drink significantly more during a typical drinking session. Studies suggest that such combined use may increase the rate of being physically hurt or injured, sexual assault and risk-taking behaviours, including drinking and driving.
For more information, please contact the Substance Misuse Prevention team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or TTY 1-866-252-9933.
Lisa Sposito, Community and Health Services, York Region
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