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The BBC reports on a new study suggesting that “young people who mix energy drinks with alcohol are twice as likely to end up harmed than those who just drink alcohol.”

The report, issued by scientists at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, “found people who drank energy drink cocktails were more likely to suffer injuries, require medical help or get into trouble over sex.

“The report said it was because energy drinks masked feelings of drunkenness.

“Energy drinks typically contain high levels of caffeine as well as other stimulants such as ginseng. It has become popular among young people to mix them with alcohol, particularly vodka.”

KC's View:
MNB has long believed that the energy drink business is headed for a big fall – that at some point, there are going to be studies that examine exactly what these drinks are doing to kids’ bodies, and the results won’t be pretty.

This sort of study, while only looking at one way in which kids use energy drinks, probably is also just the tip of the iceberg.

These drinks scare the hell out of me.