Energy Drink Use Can Lead to Alcohol Dependence

Many adolescents and college students drink energy drinks to stay awake. But new research shows that energy drink over-use is strongly linked with heavy drinking.

A new study shows that individuals who have a high frequency of energy drink consumption (52 or more times a year) were at a higher risk for alcohol dependence. The study looked data from more than 1,000 students enrolled at a public university, and found that individuals who consumed energy drinks at a high frequency were also more likely to get drunk at an earlier age and drink more per drinking session.

Science Daily reports:

“The results of this study confirm and extend earlier research about the risks of energy drink consumption. A major concern is that mixing energy drinks with alcohol can lead to ‘wide-awake drunkenness,’ where caffeine masks the feeling of drunkenness”.

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