Energy drinks + alcohol = increased risk: CARBC study

A new CARBC study has found that people who mix highly caffeinated energy drinks with their alcoholic beverages may be at increased risk for injury—both intentional (fights, violence and attempted suicide) and unintentional (falling, tripping and motor vehicle accidents).

In the first systematic review of published research on the subject, Audra Roemer, UVic doctoral student in clinical psychology and the study’s lead researcher, found that of the 13 studies that fit their research criteria, 10 showed evidence of a link between the use of alcohol mixed with energy drinks and an increased risk of injury compared to drinking alcohol only.

CARBC Director Tim Stockwell was the other author of the paper.

Read the full UVic media release 

The article is in the March issue of Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs

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The study has been picked up by numerous high-profile news outlets, including:
BBC News
The Independent
Chicago Tribune
Vancouver Sun
International Business Times Australia
New York Post

TV interview with lead author Audra Roemer on CTV Vancouver Island (skip to 5:28)

Radio interview with lead author Audra Roemer on CFAX1070