Energy Drinks+Alcohol=Toxic Combination

Students seeking the perfect buzz now combine energy drinks with alcohol. Combining uppers and downers is a quick way to get drunk, but the combination can prove to be toxic. Oftentimes, these drinks are consumed with only one objective in mind: bingeing. The Sonoma State Star recently published an article on the danger of these “bomb drinks”, which can be found here.

The acceptance of these cocktails reflects a common mindset among college drinking. Instead of enjoying alcohol responsibly, students consume it quickly to snag the quickest buzz. Responsibility doesn’t always ensue.

2 Responses to “Energy Drinks+Alcohol=Toxic Combination”

  1. Edwin Bonilla Says:

    Four Loko, although I don’t like the company for making alcohol-energy drink beverages, has done the right thing by removing stimulant ingredients. This means that regulation and not prohibition of AMEDS is an effective answer. These type of beverages shouldn’t be so low priced because they are extreme than alcohol. Creating a culture of responsibility is possible and should be pursued in the manner described below. Alcohol education, a drinking age of 18 and reasonable laws about alcohol will do significantly to improve attitudes about alcohol.

  2. Ajax the Great Says:

    You’re right, Edwin. Banning AMEDs completely was really not necessary, all that was needed was better regulation and perhaps a higher price on these beverages. For example, simply reducing the levels of alcohol and caffeine while keeping the price per can the same would probably have been enough–when Four Loko had caffeine, one can (for $2.99) had as much caffeine as 3+ cups of coffee and as much alcohol as 5 shots of vodka, with God only knows how much taurine. That’s like slamming 5 Red Bull and Vodkas in a few minutes–and that’s just insane. But alcohol and caffeine have historically been consumed together for centuries (Irish coffee, Rum and Coke, etc.) in a relatively safe fashion, so moderation is really the key. Too much of anything is bad for you. And obviously no amount of caffeine will actually reduce the impairment alcohol produces, regardless of how much it appears to be masked by the caffeine.