The mixing of caffeine in energy drinks and alcohol is popular among American youth. In fact, this practice resulted in the incidence of drunk driving getting higher.
The University of Florida researchers has surveyed more than 800 people which are regular college age go to the bar and out of the bar, at approximately 22:00 and 03.00. The participants were asked about their consumption of energy drinks, caffeine, and alcohol. Their breath odor of alcohol is also measured.
Based on Health24 which is launched on Monday (15.2.2010), as much as 6.5 percent of participants who said that drinking alcohol mixed with energy drinks three times more often than those who consume alcohol only, without any mixture. Meanwhile, the measured of alcohol breath to those who consume alcohol and energy drinks is 0.109. Yet, limits authorized by the United States government is 0.08.
The researchers also found that regular bar customers who mix alcohol and energy drinks will stay at the bar until late at night and drinking for longer periods, and four times more likely say that they will drive a car after drinking. According to a report in the journal Addictive Behaviors.
“There’s a common misconception that if you drink caffeine with alcohol, the stimulant effects of caffeine counteract the depressant effects of alcohol. That’s not true,” said study co-author Bruce Goldberger, Head of the Department Toksiologi at the University of Florida College of Medicine.
In simple explanation, caffeine reduces the feeling of drowsiness caused by alcohol. This condition will cause risky behavior. Therefore, affirmed by Goldberger, further study is necessary to measure how safe levels of caffeine consumed along with alcohol or energy drinks.