Mixing Caffeine And Alcohol Can Lead To Risky Sex
It's Called 'Blackout In A Can' For A Reason
YOLO Four Loko? Not quite. A new study has found a significant link between the mixing of alcohol and caffeine and engaging in risky sexual behavior.
Researchers from the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions found that college students who mix caffeinated energy drinks with alcohol -- like the ever popular Red Bull and vodka -- are more likely to wind up having a risky sexual encounter.
Surveys were given to 648 university students, the majority of whom were under 21-years-old, and 30% reported consuming an alcohol-caffeine cocktail within the past month.
People who consume these types of beverages are more likely to have a casual sex partner, which may also lead to higher incidents of sexually transmitted infections.
However, the study also found that Four Loko-philes were no less likely to wear a condom than non-drinkers.
Still, the study's lead author Kathleen Miller says mixing alcohol and energy drinks is a potentially dangerous idea, and kids need to be educated about smart consumption habits.
"Ideally, I'd like to see a public education campaign come out of this," she said. "Knowledge is power. Energy drinks have been here for awhile, but we still know every little about them. Every red bull can should have a large label that says, 'Don't mix this with alcohol, stupid!'"
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