Bad news for woo girls and ragers everywhere! Turns out mixing energy drinks with alcohol can have the same negative affect on the body as cocaine, according to new research.
Professor Richard van Rijn of Indiana's Purdue University monitored brain activity after subjects had consumed combos of energy drinks and alcohol, with the results showing a concerning similarity to the brain activity of someone who had consumed cocaine.
"It seems the two substances together push them over a limit that causes changes in their behaviour and changes the neurochemistry in their brains," he explained.
It's not exactly a crazy revelation that mixing a depressant (alcohol) with a stimulant (energy drink) will not result in the healthiest brain and heart activity, however this is still a major development in the research field. It reveals just how bad the combination can be, as those who knock back a Jagarbomb might not ever consider trying cocaine.
Interestingly, the research also revealed that, due to the acclimatisation over a long period of time, people who combine energy drinks and alcohol regularly are more likely to try cocaine at some point in the future. Subjects who "had been exposed to alcohol and caffeine were somewhat numb to the rewarding effects of cocaine as adults. Then they may use more cocaine to get the same effect."
Professor Rijn obviously pointed out that this study looks at the combination of both drinks, and consuming alcohol or energy drinks separate is not the same thing. Still, we'll be thinking 'bout those Vodka Redbull's next time...