Alcoholic Energy Drinks

IIn recent years, energy drinks have become wildly popular among adults and many adolescents. Individuals use these energy drinks to help them stay awake for long drives or to stay up late cramming for exams and writing papers. The majority of students disregard the health warnings on these energy drinks. Many college-aged students using these energy drinks also drink alcoholic beverages. Drink manufacturers saw an opportunity and developed an energy drink that mixed regular energy drinks with alcohol, which appealed to college-aged individuals. As predicted, most consumers of these beverages did not read the labels or take seriously the health dangers related to these products. The following article discusses the dangers of such beverages.

After reading the American Psychological Association Monitor article, “The Banning of Alcoholic Energy Drinks,” consider the questions below. Then submit your responses.

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Answers will vary. One possibility: The caffeine in the energy drinks appears to mask the subjective symptoms of alcohol intoxication without reducing alcohol's actual effects on motor and visual functioning.

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Answers will vary. One possibility: Social media may normalize behaviors inappropriately. Young people, who often frequent social networking sites, may get an inaccurate idea from the posts of peers and friends about their frequency of alcohol and drug consumption. They may therefore be at risk of engaging in these risky behaviors because they believe their peers are doing so.

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