Alcohol and energy drink mix like taking cocaine – study

A new study has found that mixing alcohol with a highly caffeinated drink has the same effect on the brain as cocaine

A study that was led by Dr Richard van Rijn from Purdue University in Indiana has suggested that mixing vodka with highly caffeinated drinks may have a much bigger impact on your brain than you may assume.

According to the study, a young person’s brain reacts the same way to this combination as it does to cocaine, having a destructive effect on the chemical balance of the brain that will last for long.

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Popular energy drinks such as Red Bull and Monster actually have in them 10 times more caffeine than regular soft drinks.

The research went on further to say that if teenagers mixed highly caffeinated drinks with alcohol, and then had cocaine at the same time, they would have an even bigger craving for more of the class-A drug to further replicate the same high.

“Their brains have been changed in such a way that they are more likely to abuse natural or pleasurable substances as adults… that’s one reason why it’s so difficult for drug users to quit because of these lasting changes in the brain,” Van Rijn said.

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For this study, adolescent mice were given this mixture since it would be illegal to trial this on humans, and the researchers discovered that the mice showed physical and neurochemical signs that were strikingly similar to mice given cocaine.

“It seems the two substances together push them over a limit that causes changes in their behaviour and changes the neurochemistry in their brains,” said Van Rijn “We’re clearly seeing effects of the combined drinks that we would not see if drinking one or the other.”

Source: Medical Xpress