The Subjective Physiological, Psychological, and Behavioral Risk-Taking Consequences of Alcohol and Energy Drink Co-Ingestion
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 08/17/2012
Peacock A et al. – Co–ingestion may provide a double–edged effect. The increased stimulation from energy drinks (EDs) may negate some intoxication–related sedation side effects by increasing alertness. However, it could also lead to negative physiological side effects associated with overstimulation. Notwithstanding any stimulatory effects of EDs, risk and negative effects of excessive alcohol consumption were present in both session types. However, the odds of engaging in risk–taking were less during alcohol mixed with energy drinks (AmED) sessions relative to alcohol sessions. Objective measurement of behavioral risk–taking via laboratory–based measures could confirm the causal relationship between AmED and risk–taking.