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I suppose my purpose in life is to upset my Editor by blurring the lines that define this Blog about health and fitness. In that spirit and in the name of spirits, I wish to share with you some findings on my previously favorite-now feared cocktail of choice: Red Bull and Vodka. Never being one to imbibe caffeine, I save Red Bull for the rare occasion when I really want to party. However, just today (Tuesday, February 3), a 21 year-old female student in the United Kingdom collapsed and died as an apparent result of consuming too much of the winged-cocktail. These findings aren’t too surprising after reading about a web-based survey study done at Wake Forest University and presented at the annual American Public Health Association meeting in Washington DC.. Based on the findings from over 4,500 students, about ¼ mentioned drinking an energy drink mixed with alcohol during a 30-day period, most commonly reaching for my previous favorite, Red Bull and Vodka. These special folks were found to be more likely to injure themselves, require medical assistance (i.e. alcohol poisoning), or get raped/rape someone. Not the kind of partying that I had in mind. Additionally, these students reported drinking up to 36 per cent more than the other students, and also had twice as many episodes of weekly drunkenness.
The caffeine present in Red Bull acts as a stimulant that masks feelings of drunkenness. On top of the effect on bodily awareness, both caffeine and alcohol are diuretics, which combine to really dehydrate your body, leaving you with a potential for cardiovascular problems such as hypotension and tachycardia. Not to mention a worse hangover. So keep your bar tabs a little lower and your bodies a little healthier by avoiding combinations of caffeine drinks and alcohol.

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