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Concerns raised over alcohol-energy drinks

Ella Pickover

Published 08/03/2014 | 02:30

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AN ALCOHOL charity has raised concerns about the increasing popularity of mixing alcohol and energy drinks.

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Drinkaware said there was a "worrying trend" of people making themselves "wide awake drunk" by mixing dep- ressant effects of alcohol and stimulatory effects of caffeine.

It said that, since 2006, the energy drinks market had grown 12pc year-on-year in the UK, and mixing liqueurs and spirits with energy drinks had become "increasingly popular".

Professor Paul Wallace, chief medical adviser at Drinkaware, said it was a worrying trend.

"Medical research shows that mixing caffeinated energy drinks with alcohol is associated with higher levels of alcohol consumption, a likely result of caffeine's stimulating effects increasing the appetite for alcohol," he said.

"It has been shown to lead to a worryingly significant incr- ease in the risk of enduring negative physiological and psychological outcomes, like heart palpitations, agitation, tremors, irritability and tension, compared with drinking sessions without caffeinated drinks.

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