Drinking A Vodka Red Bull Does The Same Thing To Your Body as Cocaine
I think we can all remember those nights that started with a vodka Red Bull (or four) and ended with regret and a hangover. Now, new research claims that mixing energy drinks, like Red Bull with alcohol has a mind-altering effect on teenagers that can last into adulthood.
Energy drinks like Red Bull and Monster have as much as ten times the caffeine as soda, and mixing these beverages, especially Red Bull, with vodka is a popular party cocktail.
Researchers at Purdue University in Indiana used young mice to monitor the effects of mixing energy drinks and alcohol. Dr. Richard van Rijn said: “It seems the two substances together push them over a limit that causes changes in their behavior and changes the neurochemistry in their brains.”
The researchers also found increased levels of a protein called FosB, which suggests long-term effects in the brain chemistry of drug users–similar to the effects caused by taking cocaine. So if you’re partying this weekend, maybe go easy on the Red Bull and go in for straight shots. Or give your mixology skills a try.
What Happens To Your Body 24 Hours After Drinking Red Bull
Many college students are guilty of grabbing a Red Bull before pulling an all-nighter or ordering a Red Bull and vodka when it’s a special at the bar. Now, a new infographic reveals the truth about what happens when you down the energy drink. Turns out that energy spike that improves your concentration and alertness only lasts about an hour before you start to feel that crash. However, it takes up to 12 hours to full remove the caffeine from your bloodstream. Even a full day after drinking a can, the side effects from Red Bull can include headaches, irritability, and even constipation. How else does your body react to Red Bull? Check out the infographic.