2016 National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week – Alcohol & Caffeine

True or False? It is safe to drink caffeine with alcohol. FALSE!

energy drinksThe combination of alcohol and energy drinks have resulted in many deaths. Alcohol is a depressant and caffeine is a stimulant. When alcohol is consumed, it impairs judgment and motor skills often causing one’s body to become sleepy while in a drunken state. However if a person’s drinks an energy drink or caffeine once intoxicated, it causes the person to be wide awake while drunk. Since both drinks are in a person’s system, not only is a person impaired and have lack of judgment skills, they also have the energy to be awake and act upon decisions that they may not make while sober.

Contrary to popular belief, caffeine does not counteract the symptoms of alcohol. Not to mention it is very dangerous to combine the two extremes because of the impact they inflict on the body. Allowing one’s body to be “wide awake drunk,” also welcomes them to be able to consume more alcohol. The combination of the two has led to seizures, mania, stroke, and sudden death. Consequently the government has banned the alcohol and energy drink combination to be sold legally.

Sources and Additional Information:

CDC: Fact Sheets – Caffeine and Alcohol

Alcohol and Energy Drink Mixtures. (2012). Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. (This brochure is available in our office. Please contact us if you would like a copy.)

COCA: Caffeine – A Stimulant?

Learn more about National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week HERE.

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