It’s no secret that overdoing it in the booze department is dangerous.
Aside from coaxing a beer belly, binge drinking can spur liver damage, encourage risky sexual behavior like having unprotected sex, and fire up agressive tendencies, causing you to potentially hurt yourself or someone else. Toss an energy drink into the equation, though, and your odds of getting hurt more than double.
Combining alcohol with a liquid energy bomb increases your risk for both accidental and intentional injuries, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
Intentional injuries, which include picking a fight or getting involved in other types of physical violence, had an especially strong association with alcohol mixed with energy drinks. It may have something to do with the fact that energy drinks are a low-level stimulant, researchers theorize.
“Cocaine is obviously a strong stimulant, and I was curious about lower level stimulants that are more socially acceptable,” lead study author Audra Roemer said in a press release. “I wondered if they were having a similar impact but to a lesser degree.” And while more research needs to be done, Roemer’s hypothesis looks convincing.
So next time you go out with your buddies, skip the dangerous combo and order one of these classy, abs-friendly cocktails as an alternative. And instead of relying on an over-caffeinated energy drink to give you an extra buzz, whether it’s at the office or at the bar, check out these top 10 foods and drinks that’ll naturally boost your energy.