Underage individuals continue to turn to caffeinated alcoholic drinks

By Staff Writer

Caffeinated alcoholic beverages have gotten a lot of attention in recent months. In the wake of several highly publicized cases of underage children blacking out after drinking them, outcry from parents and health experts resulted in the removal of the products from store shelves.

However, a team of researchers says that this has done little to stop underage individuals from drinking caffeinated alcoholic beverages. Investigators from Boston University found that many young people are mixing liquor like vodka with energy drinks. This may significantly increase the risk of addiction and force individuals to seek substance abuse treatment.

“Although several manufacturers of caffeinated beer have withdrawn their products from the market, there is no sign that young people have decreased the practice of combining alcohol and energy drinks,” said Jonathan Howland, who led the study.

The researchers reviewed the findings of several previous studies, all of which showed a clear association between caffeinated alcoholic beverages and increased risk of addiction, dangerous sexual behavior and drunk driving. Additionally, the research showed that 24 percent of college students reported mixing energy drinks and liquor.