Health Canada was recently targeted in reducing the alcoholic energy drinks in B.C.Â It all started on May 25,Â 2012, as an article was released by Sarah Schmidt in The Vancouver Sun expressing the rise and danger of alcoholic energy drinks. Because of this, the topic of mixing energy drinks with alcohol has been an overwhelming popular topic in media today.Â This topic is concerning because youth are the highest target to this dangerous epidemic.
Studies have shown that college students in particular, generally drink these beverages to help them stay awake and finish over night projects, or to help them stay refreshed for an early exam.Â SchmidtÂ states that, â€œA new report by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and the Centre for Addictions Research ofÂ British Columbia at the University of Victoria, have asked provincial liquor authorities for sales data to assess the popularity of this “newer generation of caffeinated alcoholic beverages.” They discovered that between April 2005 and April 2010, sales of pre-mixed alcohol energy drinks nearly have quadrupled over the past years.
Because of this, Canadian colleges and universities have cracked down on energy drinks and have sent a warning to youth saying that students should be careful with mixing this two drinks together, sayingÂ it could lead to sever effects and even the cause of death. So here I place to you the top 4 reasons on why you should think twice before turning to alcoholic energy drinks for the answer.
1)Â Â Energy drinks are said to contain 80mg to 200mg of caffeine per can. Through consumingÂ only the energy drink it sends a powerful rush through your body stimulating the brain and boosting your heart rate as well as blood pressure. Furthermore once alcohol is added to the picture it doubles the increase of heart rate and blood pressure amplifying your risk of heart rhythm problems.
2)Â Â While energy drinks contain different types of stimulants like Taurine, Caffeine, Guarana, Vitamins B, and Ginseng, which are all designed to increase energy, alcohol in fact does the opposite. Alcohol is said to be a depressant, so through mixing the two it places mixed signal to the nervous system, which later on may cause you cardiac problems.
3)Â Â Thirdly, through discovering that both alcohol and energy drinks are two different substances, one can easily understand how they can oppose each other. For example: Alcohol is a depressant while caffeine is a stimulant, because of the consumption of caffeine it sends a message to the brain thinking that they are less intoxicated than they really are. Further on leading to higher consumptions of alcohol drinking. In addition they also work together in producing something worse. This is because both alcohol and caffeine are said to make a person dehydrated.
4)Â Â And lastly youthÂ are seen to be the biggest consumers of alcoholic energy drinks, which just so happens that they are the most at risk. This is because today’s youth tend to be slimmer than older drinkers, therefore should drink less than the usual amount. If rules not followed this may cause an impact to your body causing it to over run or sometimes just shut down.
Should Health Canada end the sales of premixed energy drinks? I donâ€™t believe so, because youth will then go out and mix there own energy drinks with alcohol, which will later on likely involve a higher risk. I personally turn to Steve Clarke, director of the College Alcohol Abuse Prevention Center to fix this problem as he proclaims, â€œOne should alternate non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages because it will keep you hydrated and decrease the negative effects of alcohol.â€ I believe thatâ€™s a small step to the right direction, but most importantly what do you think? What are you as youth going to do to keep yourself and friends around you safe from this growing danger surrounding the youth?
PhotoÂ by Giby George