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Yet Another Study Confirms Dangers Of Energy Drink-Alcohol Cocktails

February 11, 2010: 12:09 PM EST
Echoing the results of other recent cautionary studies, new U.S. research based on interviews with 800 college-age adults exiting bars found that patrons who consumed energy drinks mixed with alcohol had triple the risk of leaving very drunk and were four times more likely to try driving home than patrons who drank alcohol only. Participants were interviewed, completed questionnaires, and took breathalyzer-type tests. Those who drank alcohol-laced energy drinks – 6.5 percent of participants – were three times more likely to be intoxicated (with a .109 BAC level) than alcohol-only drinkers. Energy-alcohol drinkers also left the bar later, drank longer, and ingested more ethanol.
Dennis Thombs, Bruce Goldberger, et al., "Event-level analyses of energy drink consumption and alcohol intoxication in bar patrons", Addictive Behaviors (upcoming April 2010 issue), February 11, 2010, © Elsevier Ltd
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