Home > Newsletters > Daily: Love or hate Earth Hour? > Daily Dose: Should female employees get 'first day of period' leave? > Health-in-Motion 08 February 2017 Mixtures of alcohol and highly caffeinated energy drinks Mixtures of alcohol and highly caffeinated energy drinks are very popular party beverages among young folks, but a recent study has found that combining the two may trigger changes in the adolescent brain that are similar to taking cocaine and may have lasting effects into adulthood. "It seems the two substances together push them over a limit that causes changes in their behaviour and changes the neurochemistry in their brains," says study co-author Richard van Rijn. "We're clearly seeing effects of the combined drinks that we would not see if drinking one or the other." 0 More: Daily Dose: Should female employees get 'first day of period' leave?Health-in-Motion advertisement Other news Medical Experts warn Aids deaths in Africa still ‘shockingly’ high News Only a true health fanatic will know all the answers to this quiz Lifestyle 'She is not dead,' says family of brain-dead girl News SEE: These striking photos of the Aids fight in Africa will shock you Parenting SA doctors perform landmark 'balloon' op on prem baby's lung Medical Did Prudence Mabele quit her ARVs? From our sponsors How erectile dysfunction can affect relationships Coping with the fear of cancer IBS affects 15% of people around the world The evolution of asthma treatment Live healthier Here's some help... » Combat childhood obesity Childhood obesity brings future health problems 3 ways to get young couch potatoes away from the screen Are your children glued to their electronic devices? It might be time to start making some rules. Time for a break? » Stressful job leads to emotional burnout Work burnout tied to emotional eating This is why you must take annual leave Avoid burnout and use your annual leave to get some well-deserved rest. Your body and mind will thank you.