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Dangerous Mixture: Energy Drinks & Alcohol Pose Health Risjs

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Alcohol and energy drinks are a dangerous trend among young adults in Texoma.

"Teens and young adults, these are the people that tend to have more injuries related to mixing alcohol and energy drinks,” said Eva Pratt, Nurse Manager at Community Healthcare Center.

“I just need to drink energy drinks,” said Justus Nwoke, a student at Midwestern State University.

Nwoke said he drinks the beverage to help him stay awake when studying for finals or when he has not gotten any sleep and has to report to work.

While Nwoke said he only uses energy drinks to help him stay awake, others mix energy drinks and alcoholic beverages together when partying.

“Sometimes I mix it with Red Bull and Vodka and stuff like that,” said an individual who did not want to be identified.

This is a problem health experts said could lead to short term and long term health complications.

"Energy drinks on their own, because of the high caffeine level, can cause several effects such as increased, heart rate, high blood pressure, irritability, trimmers," said Pratt. “It’s not a very good combination.”  

Despite the health risks some individuals still indulge in mixing the dangerous combination.

“I will try it though just to see how it feels, “ said Nowke. 

 “It's a lot easier to go to the store and get a can of Red Bull than to go get some fancy juice to drink it with,” said a local student. “I know it is not supposed to be good for you, but nothing specific.”



Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6