Posts Tagged ‘Taurine’

Blackout Beers: Caffeine + Alcohol = Dangerous?

PharmD 2011 |

We know that the energy drink, Red Bull, has been around since 1987.  We don’t know, however, when the first individual had an epiphany and said to his friend, “Hey, this would be great mixed with alcohol!” Whoever he is, he probably regrets failing to patent his idea. At one point in time, it was the drink to order because it had everything most young (but, of course, over 21) drinkers would ask for. Alcohol to develop a buzz? Yes. Caffeine from an energy drink to make sure the buzz doesn’t make you sleepy? Yes. Flavored? Yes.  Flash-forward a decade or so at which point companies have caught on and have started manufacturing drinks called caffeinated alcoholic beverages (CAB’s) or alcoholic energy drinks (AED’s) that contain both caffeine and alcohol already combined for you (no bartender needed). We’ll be referring to them as CAB’s for the rest of the article for consistency’s sake. There were more than 25 different brands of CAB’s on the market a couple of years ago including popular brands like Sparks, Four Loko, Joose, and Max. Combining alcohol and energy drinks has always been controversial due to concerns over the cardiovascular effects of such a combo. Recently, the controversy has heated up due to multiple hospitalizations linked to consuming CAB’s.  As potential consumers of these drinks, you may be wondering why they are so bad for you and what the future holds for CAB’s.  Grab a drink and keep reading.

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02 2011

Energy Drinks: Giving you Wings or Withdrawal?

MD 2011 |

It’s the problem we all share. As you walk into your doctor’s office in the wee hours of the morning to squeeze in an appointment before work, chances are your doctor has the same drink in hand: a cup of coffee.  Let’s face it: America’s capitalistic, workaholic attitude thrives on caffeine so its no wonder that it’s the first thing we reach for in the morning…and at 2 o’clock in the afternoon…and after dinner.  Now, since we’re American, we have to do everything bigger and better bringing us to the Energy Drink. Heavily advertised as a beverage that will literally “energize you” with every sip, it’s not hard to imagine why this new segment of the beverage market has grown so rapidly (200 new brands were introduced to the US market in a one year period).  What exactly is behind these “magic potions?” Do the new “natural” ingredients really make an energy drink better than a cup of coffee?

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10 2010

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