It's New Year's Eve tonight!!
There are gonna be so many parties, and that usually means a whole lot of drinking.
So, thinking about chugging several Red Bull vodkas so you can power through your party and make it well past midnight??
Maybe that's not such a good idea… the effects of caffeine mixed with alcohol aren't well known and might even be fatal!
With several energy drink companies like 5-Hour Energy and Monster Energy coming under fire for possibly contributing to deaths, the last thing we need to do is throw alcohol in the mix!
A physician at Weill-Cornell Medical College said:
"Unintentional caffeine overdoses have resulted in serious illness and rare deaths from caffeine poisoning. Caffeine poisoning has only recently been characterized."
So we are only just recently realizing that caffeine may not be as safe as we once thought.
While it would take about 12 energy drinks consumed within a few hours to be lethal, it's still possible to have serious side effects at lower doses.
Energy drinks also take away the sedative aspect of alcohol, which can make you feel less drunk, leading to excess drinking!
So for your health and for your hangover tomorrow, maybe skip the energy drinks tonight!
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