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Mixing Alcohol and Energy Drinks

The combination of high doses of alcohol and caffeine can increase risks associated with taking either independently. Alcohol is a depressant, which slows the functions of the brain, causing drowsiness, impaired cognitive functioning such as poor concentration, judgment, and coordination, and emotional mood swings. Caffeine is a stimulant that can increase alertness, nervousness, and dizziness. The mixture results in a "wide awake drunk," where drinkers' subjective perception of drunkenness is impaired. This may lead to a mistaken assumption of being less intoxicated even though blood alcohol concentrations accumulate at the same rate.

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Students should always understand how alcohol affects the body. The emerging trend with energy drinks and alcohol is dangerous.

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