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Drinking Vodka Red Bull Is Basically The Same As Doing Coke

Hands up who had a heckin' good weekend?

Well if you were fuelling yourself on vodka with a splash or two of Red Bull, we've some bad news: you're seriously messing with the wiring in your brain.


Scientists have been keeping an eye on the long-term effects mixing alcohol with energy drinks high in caffeine can have on the brain, and it's not great; apparently the impact is pretty similar to that of regularly doing cocaine.

Even more scary is the discovery that teenagers whose go-to is a vodka Red Bull can feel the effects way 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," explained Dr Richard van Rijn

"We are clearly seeing effects of the combined drinks that we would not see if drinking one or the other."

In fact the effects are so similar that mice who had been exposed to the drink as adolescents barely felt the effects of coke as adults. 

"Mice that had been exposed to alcohol and caffeine were somewhat numb to the rewarding effects of cocaine as adults," Dr van Rijn continued. 

"They may then use more cocaine to get the same effect."

So there you have it. Back off the energy drinks.

Your brain will thank you for it. 

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