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Alcohol and Energy Drinks

Drinking alcohol and energy drinks together can put you at greater risk of harm than drinking alcohol alone. Youth and young adults are especially vulnerable to this risk since they are the biggest consumers of alcohol energy drinks.

 

The Risks

When combining alcohol and energy drinks, the caffeine in the energy drink can make you feel less drunk but the alcohol affects you the same. The caffeine can also keep you awake and drinking alcohol for a longer period of time. Both of these factors can increase your risks of:

  • Being injured
  • Requiring medical treatment
  • Driving drunk
  • Riding in a vehicle with a driver who is drunk
  • Having alcohol poisoning
  • Being a victim or perpetrator of aggressive physical or sexual behaviour

Videos

Watch the Energy Drinks and Alcohol video, which was created by the Middlesex-London Health Unit youth group, One Life One You, to learn about:

  • How caffeine and alcohol can increase your risk of injury
  • How to reduce your risk
 

 
  • What to tell your friends about alcohol and energy drinks

You can also watch a series of energy drink videos created by One Life One You.

Fact Sheets and Posters

View, download and print the following facts sheets and posters, inlcuding A Bad Buzz – Fact Sheet for Youth (PDF 259 KB), A Bad Buzz – Fact Sheet for Parents (PDF 1 MB) and Alcohol and Energy Drinks Don’t Mix – Poster (PDF 1MB).

 

 
 

Additional Information

For more information, please visit the Health Unit's energy drinks web page to learn about: 

  • Exercise and Energy Drinks
  • Sugar and Energy Drinks
  • Caffeine Crash and Energy Drinks
 
Date of creation: January 1, 2013
Last modified on: February 11, 2015
 
 

References

1Atlantic Collaborative on Preventative Injury. (2011). Caffeinated alcoholic beverages and injury. Author.
2Canadian Centre on Substance Misuse. (2013). Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages – Alcohol Mixed with Energy Drinks. Retrieved from
http://www.ccsa.ca/Eng/topics/alcohol/Alcohol-and-caffeine/Pages/default.aspx
3Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse. (2012). Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages in Canada: Prevalence of Use, Risks and Recommended Policy Responses. Retrieved from
http://www.ccsa.ca/Resource Library/CCSA-Caffeinated-Alcoholic-Beverages-in-Canada-2012-en.pdf