Study shows risks of mixing energy drinks and alcohol

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A new alert for parents over a growing danger for teens and young adults.

New evidence shows the risks of combining alcohol with energy drinks. The study looked at 18- to 30-year olds and how they respond when they mix energy drinks with alcoholic beverages.

"I noticed I would get drunker than I would normally," said Paula Teuscher, a college student.

"There's stuff called a 'Jager Bomb'," said Ryan. "You can tell it's bad for you. You can feel it in your body."

Alcohol combined with energy drinks.

"Yes it does make you drink more alcohol," said Tiffany. "It's pretty scary."

Now, a new study gives parents more to worry about.

"It's more like giving kids a bunch of candy. They're like all caffeine. It's giving you more energy," said Victoria Cosby.

"When someone drinks both the energy drink as well as alcohol, they tend to absorb it a little bit faster and the study also indicated where these two substances are consumed at the same time, the subject wants more and more alcohol," said Scott Watson of Heartland Intervention.

Watson says the possible consequences of that are a big issue, too. They could be showing up in increasing arrests of young people with higher blood-alcohol levels. Indiana Excise Police see that - and alcohol-related crashes.

It may also be showing up in college campuses in the rise in binge drinking.

"I think it messes them up really bad, more than just drinking alcohol would," said one person in the study group.

The jump in binge drinking could increase the risk of things like sexual assault.

"Whenever anyone is drinking or anything, it's easier for someone to take advantage of you. Probably the same with energy drinks as well," said a student.

"The risk of bad things happening to increase when you drink and start not remembering," said Cosby.

"There's nothing inherently wrong with having an energy drink and some alcohol at the same time," Watson said. "However, it could be a symptom of a bigger problem."

From his porch, Tim Pingle steers clear.

"It's empty fun. It's not worth your time or energy," he said.