“Alcohol is not good for you”, researches and experiments repeatedly prove.
Energy drink? Some say nay; some say aye.
But alcohol and energy drink together? Hmm…
Alcohol drinking has long been established as a threat to public health; but, a recent research published in the Adolescent Journal of Health concluded that alcohol and energy drink also represent an emerging threat to public health.
Specifically, the research showed that adding energy drink use to a given day with alcohol use was linked with an increase in number of alcoholic drinks, a path toward more time spent drinking, a greater likelihood of subjective intoxication, elevated estimated blood alcohol content (eBAC), and other negative consequences of drinking that same day.
Energy Drink Reviewed
Energy drinks are meant to do what their name implies — give an extra boost of energy one wouldn’t normally get without external help. High energy means increase stamina and physical performance in a person. But the big question in the whole dreamy, superhero stance picture is how? Let’s take a look at the general components of many if not all energy drinks in the market:
- Sugar – staple to any kitchen is this horribly delicious ingredient to almost anything edible. Sugar comes in many forms but here what is important is the fact that one of its forms, glucose is converted by the body into energy in its many processes (i.e. brain functions). Therefore, more sugar, more energy.
- Caffeine – Who doesn’t know caffeine? This very famous ingredient in your favorite coffee is a strong stimulant that acts on the central nervous system by blocking the effects of a brain chemical, adenosine, involved in sleep. This in turn causes brain cells to fire.
- B-vitamins - A group of vitamins that can convert sugar to energy.
- Others: Taurine, Inositol, Carnitine, Ginkgo Biloba, Ephedrine
All these boils down to the fact that energy drinks are stimulants. They are made for people who need an extra kick of energy. But as in all things, it doesn’t last forever. The extra energy of one bottle usually lasts about 4 to 6 hours. After that, a crash for most people.
The Alcohol that we know.
Alcohol (ethanol or ethyl alcohol) or CH3CH2OH is created or formed when yeasts break down carbohydrates and sugar in food without oxygen or what is called the process of fermentation.
Actually alcohol has many uses: cleaning products as antibacterial wipes and sanitizers, fuel, solvents, industrial as well as medical uses. But perhaps the more famous use of alcohol is as an ingredient in beers, wines and other drinks.
This chemical compound whose discovery dates back thousands of years ago is famous for its effects when ingested. People drink alcohol to feel relaxed and happy but later on these feelings may turn to dizziness and confusion and CNS depression. Yes, alcohol is a famous depressant indeed.
Think before taking the shots.
Since we have derived that energy drinks are stimulants and alcohol is a depressant, the combination of effects may be dangerous and are thus not advised for any man.
Because fatigue is one of the body’s ways of telling it has enough to drink, combining alcohol with a stimulant in energy drinks can mask intoxication thus prevent one from realizing how much alcohol is already in the bloodstream. Aside from this, caffeine in energy drink is a diuretic and is thus dehydrating. Dehydration hinders with the body’s ability to metabolize alcohol thus increasing toxicity.
So, the next time you take your daily energy boost from any energy drink, don’t forget to note it down so you won’t forget to not mix them in one day.