Peppy cocktails risky

<p>Combining energy drinks and alcohol could be a dangerous blend.A Wake Forest University School of Medicine study released this week found mixing alcohol and energy drinks can lead to high-risk behaviour,...</p>

 

Caution urged when mixing with energy drinks


 

 

WARREN FREY/FOr METRO VANCOUVER

 


Amy Chan and Francois Samson enjoy an energy drink cocktail at Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar in Yaletown. A recent study warns of harmful side effects to mixing energy drinks and alcohol.



Combining energy drinks and alcohol could be a dangerous blend.



A Wake Forest University School of Medicine study released this week found mixing alcohol and energy drinks can lead to high-risk behaviour, more drinking and a higher likelihood of accidents while inebriated.



The high caffeine levels in most energy drinks hide the symptoms of drunkenness to the user, giving them an illusion of self-control.



Another study from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit released yesterday noted that consuming energy drinks could boost heart rates and blood pressure levels.



Local revellers have their own stories about a night on the town with high-octane cocktails.



"One Christmas Eve I elected to drink about eight vodka Red Bulls for the evening, and felt great until I got home and went to bed. My heart was pounding out of my chest, I was sweating and I was absolutely petrified," freelance writer Nicola Enright Morin said. "I haven’t touched energy drinks since, though I wish I could say the same for vodka."



But not everyone has a horror story about combining energy drinks and alcohol.



"I’ve never really run into any problems with people mixing energy drinks and liquor at the events I’ve been at," event producer Amy Chan said.



And for others, the potent cocktail is just what they need to get through the night.



"When you’re drinking vodka and Red Bull, Vancouver nightclubs seem to close too early," Francois Samson said.