Sieda Behavioral Health and Treatment Services cautions against consuming energy drinks and alcohol together, as it may lead to increased rate of injury among the consumers.

According to a recent review, researchers found that the majority of articles support a link between alcohol and energy drink (AmED) consumption with increased risk of harm, as opposed to drinking only alcohol. 

When consuming AmED, the caffeine of the energy drink masks the effects of alcohol, creating a situation where the individual is unaware of how much the alcohol is affecting them. Typically, alcohol will make the consumer tired and they will feel like going home. AmED will  create more of an “awake-drunk” state, leading to increased consumption. 

AmED usage is increasing in North America, whether pre-mixed or mixed by hand. Know the effects of mixing caffeine and alcohol before it causes harm.

If you would like more information or wish to speak to someone for help with an alcohol or other drug-related abuse, contact Sieda Behavioral Health and Treatment Services at 641-683-6747.