(HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky.) -- Many states have banned those combination alcohol and caffeinated energy drinks because of their negative effects, especially after incidents involving college students last fall.
Now, a new study from Northern Kentucky University confirms those two-in-one drinks pack a powerful punch.
Before they were banned, drinks such as Four Loko were all the rage among college students, many of whom landed in the hospital after consumption.
Researchers wanted to know if people who mix alcohol with a caffeinated energy drink get more or less drunk than those who drink alcohol alone.
Some of the participants in the study drank vodka and Red Bull, while others drank vodka with decaffeinated soda. Both groups were equally impaired when asked to perform a number of tests.
However, those who had the Red Bull cocktail felt more stimulated and their perception of being impaired was distorted. In other works, they didn't feel as drunk as they actually were.
The study author warns that people should avoid mixing alcohol and energy drinks. They may make you feel like you're flying, but they're a potent and potentially harmful combination.
So if you're planning to have a drink, have your alcohol straight, on the rocks or mixed in a cocktail -- one that does not include Red Bull or similar beverages.
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