Caffeinated alcohol is ‘cocaine’ to teens

Energy drinks are bad enough for our health on their own. Combine them with alcohol and you have an addictive, unhealthy concoction. For teenagers, mixing energy drinks with alcohol is like taking cocaine, according to a new study. What teenagers drink affects their brains. Photo: iStock US scientist Richard Van Rijn, an assistant professor in medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology at Purdue University, says the harmful cocktail appears to trigger changes in the adolescent brain similar to taking the illicit drug, and that the consequences last into adulthood. Energy drinks, often marketed to teens, can contain between six milligrams to 240…
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