Background Combining energy drinks (such as ‘Red Bull®’) with alcohol
is becoming increasingly popular, particularly among
young people. However, as yet, limited research has been
conducted examining the harms associated with this form
Objective To review current evidence associated with combining
energy drinks with alcohol and provide recommendations
for addressing this issue within primary care.
Discussion Combining alcohol with energy drinks can mask the signs
of alcohol intoxication, resulting in greater levels of alcohol
intake, dehydration, more severe and prolonged hangovers,
and alcohol poisoning. It may also increase engagement in
risky behaviours (such as drink driving) as well as alcohol
related violence. General practitioners should be aware of
the harms associated with this pattern of drinking, and
provide screening and relevant harm reduction advice.
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