Mixing energy drinks has been a big fad for the past several years. Mixing these drinks with alcohol has become extremely popular with the younger crowd. This mix is enjoyed by young people everywhere and seems to be a huge alcohol-combo on college campuses and at parties.
Research and studies have been done on this combo and we know now that not only is it not healthy, but can be dangerous as well.
Good documented information has come out along with news coverage letting us all know the dangers associated with what is now referred to as “Dangerous Cocktails”. People are driving intoxicated and not realizing it because of the caffeine content. They feel they’re wide awake and sober. We also know now that caffeine speeds up your heart rate and raises your blood pressure in a very short period of time. This could cause a stroke and heart trouble. People aren’t drinking one or two energy cocktails; they’re drinking them all night long. This can become a major health concern as well as traffic accidents and fatalities.
Another health issue associated with combining high caffeine drinks with alcohol is the fact they they’re both diuretics. Dehydration is another major concern and health concern.
College students and many other young people like these cocktails because they feel they can party and drink a lot longer without passing out. They also like the ‘buzz’ they get from the mixture. Minors are getting a hold of these drinks because young adults are buying the drinks for them. There has been news coverage on that too.
Well now, there is another energy-combo hitting the party scene. This one has been referred to ‘Liquid Cocaine’. Four Loko and Joose have hit the market and they say this energy plus-alcohol beverage not only gives you a ton of caffeine, but it is equivalent to about three beers. There is major concern because these drinks look like non-alcoholic energy drinks. The way they are marketed in appearance, they look like innocent flavored soda or juice cans and unless you have heard about these energy drinks, parents can’t even tell the difference. This drink contains twice the amount of alcohol as a bottle of beer. Most of these drinks have 12% alcohol content.
Young people and minors are actually getting sick from drinking this stuff. Some are even passing out from drinking this dangerous brew. Teens and young adults have even given this drink a nickname; they are calling it ‘coke in a can’ according to the White plains Public Safety Commissioner. Politicians and medical experts are now voicing their concerns about the Four Loko beverage, and want something done about it.
Unfortunately, it’s doing more than making people sick and passing out. On August 1st 2010 a twenty year old St. Petersburg, Fl. man was accused of running a red light and killing an Orlando father and his three sons, he admitted to mixing alcohol and Four Loko and smoking marijuana before the crash.
For anyone out there that thinks these alcohol-energy drinks are just ‘innocent party drinks’ think again, I’m sure the 20 year old man from St. Petersburg Fla. Doesn’t think so anymore.