“Who are we? The new generation. What do we want? Our weekend dose of kicks. When do we want it? Every weekend.” That could very well describe the present generation of youngsters in one sweeping statement. Gone are the days when adolescents and teenagers were content with sleepovers and attending birthday parties, going out on family reunions and when the biggest event was the school prom and the only time when parents needed to have a word with their kids about drinking and alcohol. Times have changed. A one-time drinking session has turned into several occasions.
Adolescents and teenagers make up for a large percentage of consumers of alcohol and energy drinks across the United States. Be it parties or weekends, the kids want to let loose and have a gala time. A study has observed that a majority of youngsters prefer mixing their alcohol with health drinks. For instance, vodka with red bull is a popular combination that the youth prefer these days.
One of the prime concerns of mixing an energy drink with alcohol is that it often masks inebriation and coaxes the person to drink more than he/she originally intended to. A health drink such as Red Bull, which is a popular alternative to spike a drink, also ensures that the alcohol loses some of its bitterness. In turn, this gives the drink a sweeter taste, which is far more acceptable to people who have developed the habit recently.
Effects of mixing alcohol with energy drinks
According to a new Victorian government report, while the overall consumption of energy drinks was relatively low compared to beer or wine in the wider population, the level of consumption in young people was very high. One out of every five 18 to 24-year-olds and one in ten 25 to 39-year-olds confessed to drinking alcohol mixed with such drinks.
Dr. Bruce Bolam from VicHealth, who funded the study, said, “Alarmingly over one-third of Deakin University students included in one survey reported energy drinks mixed with alcohol being consumed in the past three months. Clearly, a lot of the research identified that people consume energy drinks mixed with alcohol to either get a night started or to keep going and also to mask the effects of intoxication.”
Unfortunately, such people exhibit more risk-taking behavior and may indulge in illicit drug use or sexual assault. The chances of harming self and others also increase as they gulp down more drinks believing they are way below the level of intoxication that alcohol alone causes. They also have a higher chance of being affected by mental health problems. Such a concoction can also lead to cardiovascular problems, life threatening abnormalities and even sudden death as noted by Chris Semsarian, a cardiologist and professor of medicine at the University of Sydney.
Growing popularity of energy drinks among younger people
Dr. Bolam is of the opinion that the packaging and pricing of energy drinks has made them popular among high school and university students. The familiarity with the name and taste and easy availability make them very appealing. Mixing the two distinct drinks can have more harmful consequences at night as it helps the drinkers stay awake all through the night. This results in missing school, severe hangovers, poor health and waste of a precious day.
The risks of alcohol, whether mixed with another drink or not, are real. The youngsters can become alcohol abusers and ultimately lead a life struggling for help. If you or your loved one is suffering from alcohol addiction, the Florida detox centers can help you get sober. The Florida Detox Helpline can provide details about detox facilities in Florida that give integrated treatment with therapies to help one recover from an addiction. You can call at 855-920-9869 for 24/7 assistance or chat online with our experts for further information.