Alcohol Facts

Some interesting facts to share

  • Alcohol is the most commonly used and socially accepted drug in the United States.
  • Alcohol is a drug and may be addictive.
  • Delaying the onset of drinking can substantially reduce chances of becoming a problem drinker later in life.
  • Alcohol abuse may lead to lower life expectancies and higher mortality rates.
  • High-risk drinking may lead to other risky behaviors, such as driving under the influence, unsafe sexual practices and injury to self and others.
  • The use of alcohol may cause impairment of a person s judgment, ability to estimate time or distance, coordination and motor function.
  • All body systems are affected by alcohol.

 

Dangers of Mixing Alcohol and Energy Drinks

 

  • Energy drinks are beverages that typically contain caffeine, other plant-based stimulants, simple sugars, and other additives. They are very popular among youth and are regularly consumed by 31% of 12- to 17-year-olds and 34% of 18- to 24-year-olds.
  • When alcoholic beverages are mixed with energy drinks, a popular practice among youth, the caffeine in these drinks can mask the depressant effects of alcohol. At the same time, caffeine has no effect on the metabolism of alcohol by the liver and thus does not reduce breath alcohol concentrations or reduce the risk of alcohol-attributable harms.
  • Drinkers who consume alcohol mixed with energy drinks are 3 times more likely to binge drink (based on breath alcohol levels) than drinkers who do not report mixing alcohol with energy drinks.
  • Drinkers who consume alcohol with energy drinks are about twice as likely as drinkers who do not report mixing alcohol with energy drinks to report being taken advantage of sexually, to report taking advantage of someone else sexually, and to report riding with a driver who was under the influence of alcohol.

Reference: http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/cab.htm