Health and Safety Risks
Key Research Findings:
Caffeine and other stimulants mask the effects of alcohol. Caffeine can reduce a person’s sense of alcohol intoxication (i.e., “feeling drunk”) but the impairments to judgment and reaction time associated with drunkenness are not reduced. This effect increases risks of engaging in violent or other high-risk physical behaviors, particularly among youth. (Learn More)
AED consumption is associated with heightened risks. College student surveys and studies of bar patrons report that those who consume caffeinated alcoholic beverages have higher rates of heavy episodic drinking and episodes of weekly drunkenness and a higher prevalence of serious alcohol-related consequences. (Learn More)
AED consumers may wrongly expect caffeine to counteract the effects of alcohol, potentially undermining their capacity to compensate for their intoxication.
Does caffeine counteract alcohol-induced impairment? The ironic effects of expectancy.
AEDs may increase the risk of arrhythmias (heart rate disorders), particularly in predisposed individuals.
Influence of energy drinks and alcohol on post-exercise heart rate recovery and heart rate variability.
Caffeinated energy drinks-A growing problem. [Link to Journal Abstract]
Alcohol, energy drinks, and youth: A dangerous mix. [Link to Report]
Research Scientists’ Letter to State Attorneys General and Federal Drug Administration [Link to Report]
Other related drugs