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Friday, November 25, 2011

Emergency Rooms and Energy Drinks

While energy drinks may give people a second wind in their day, it is hardly a secret that they can be extremely unhealthy, especially when mixed with drugs or alcohol. Over the last decade we have seen more and more beverage companies releasing their own formula of liquid energy, as a result more people than ever are mixing drinks like Redbull and Rockstar with their alcohol which has lead to a rise in people going to the emergency room as a result of mixing the two.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that hospitalizations in the United States related to energy drinks have raised tenfold to 13,114 in 2009 from 1,128 visits in 2005. This is an unbelievable figure if you actually consider how big of a jump that really is. 44 percent of the visits involved people who had combined energy drinks with alcohol, pharmaceuticals or illicit drugs.

“Combining energy drinks with substances of abuse raises the risk of serious, even life-threatening injury, as well as the likelihood of engaging in risky behaviors such as driving under the influence," according to researchers.

Mixing the stimulants found in energy drinks with other mind altering substances can be fatal and people who partake in such behavior should use caution. Fortunately, real progress has been made in banning alcohol infused energy drinks due to how dangerous they were shown to be after a number of people went to the hospital after drinking Four Loko.

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