If you’ve ever sipped on a rum and RedBull to get the party started, you might change your mind after reading this.
According to researchers at Purdue University, a mixture of energy drinks and alcohol“has the same effect on the brain as taking cocaine.” Using two groups of adolescent lab mice, the scientists compared the animals’ brain on cocaine versus caffeinemixed with alcohol. Not only did the mice behave similarly after consuming cocaine and the caffeine- alcoholconcoction, allegedly the mixture produces a protein, FosB, that is an indicator of long term changes in brain chemistry. “It seems the two substances together push them over a limit that causes changes in their behavior and changes the neurochemistry in their brains,” Dr. Richard van Rijn, one of the authors of the study, told the Sun. “We’re clearly seeing effects of the combined drinks that we would not see if drinking one or the other.” In addition, the study found that mice given the alcoholic combination were able to build up a tolerance to cocaine, and were less sensitive to the effects of the drug as they aged. “Mice that were exposed to highly caffeinated alcoholic drinks later found cocaine wasn’t as pleasurable. They may then use more cocaine to get the same effect.” What are your thoughts?