The Dangers of Mixing Energy Drinks with Alcohol

If you've ever had an energy drink, you know that the majority of them taste so good and can be so addictive. This may be why the energy drink craze has drastically jumped in recent years. However, these drinks can wreak so much havoc one one's health that some countries and states have passed legislation that aimed to curb their sale.

It's one thing to have a highly caffeinated drink easily available, but it's another to realize that many people are taking these energy drinks and are mixing them with alcohol--a very dangerous and possibly even lethal combination.Here are 7 dangerous outcomes when you mix alcohol and energy drinks:

1. Inability to assess your intoxication level.

Drinking alcohol and energy drinks could cause you to drink much longer in duration than you normally would. The energy drinks can mask the effects of the alcohol, which may make you underestimate your intoxication level. This essentially leads you to drink more alcohol than you would normally have without consuming energy drinks as you believe you are much more sober than you truly are.

Alcohol is a depressant that acts like a sedative; it slows down the brain functioning, resulting in slow speech and slowed reflexes. Energy drinks, on the other hand, are stimulants that lead to the production of adrenaline in the body, keeping you alert. Mixing the two substances can lead cause the energy boost to overpower the alcohol's effect. This leads to an inability to assess the level of intoxication and an excess amount of alcohol can also lead to alcohol poisoning in the body, which is quite risky.

2. Psychological and physical side effects

Excess intake of alcohol and energy drinks affects the body's normal functioning psychologically and physically. You are likely to experience agitation, stress, insomnia, and heart palpitations. This risk is especially higher to persons suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, or cardiovascular disease.

3. Increased anxiety

The excessive caffeine or stimulants increase anxiety, which can lead to panic attacks. This can result in loss of concentration and focus during work. This may also increase anxiety when communicating with others.

4. Increase in weight gain

Continued use of energy drinks for a long period of time can make you add weight. The high level of sugar can also increase the risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes.

5. Trouble with the law

The deceiving nature of the level of intoxication may lead to being caught on the wrong side of the law, leading to being charged with drunk driving.

6. Mixing alcohol and energy drinks can harm unborn babies.

Alcohol alone can harm an unborn baby, so mixing energy drinks and alcohol can seriously put the unborn baby at risk. The high sugar and caffeine in the energy drinks and the alcohol can present many risks to the fetus and the pregnant mother.

7. More susceptible to drinking problems

Mixing both energy drinks and alcohol can increase the chances of developing drinking problems. The body can become quite dependent on both the caffeine and the alcohol, causing you to crave both at a high rate.

Both energy drinks and alcohol can affect your health in a negative way. Yes, there are some vitamins in energy drinks, but there are also many ingredients that are not good for the body. Health professionals advise people to steer clear from both drinks and lean more on healthy drinks like water and fresh juice.


Dominica Applegate has a BS in Psychology, an MA in Counseling and has worked in the mental health field for 12 years before launching her own business as a writer. Specializing in addictions, relationships, codependency, fitness and health, Dominica's work is ultimately about helping people remove blocks that keep them stuck, because everyone can really create a life that they love.

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