A new study surrounding the combination of alcohol abuse and energy drinks suggests that those combining the two are more likely to drive while intoxicated. The study comes out of Texas A&M University, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Western States, surveying hundreds of college students regarding their alcohol intake. Among those surveyed, 57% of those who combined alcohol with energy drinks said they got behind the wheel when they were too drunk to drive. While the study does not yet draw direct correlation between the consumption of alcohol and energy drinks with high risk behavior, there is research surrounding the effect of these substances on chemistry of the brain. Changes in brain chemistry may be behind the risk-taking behavior, but further research will be necessary to continue this investigation.
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