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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."

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