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Energy Drinks, Alcohol Linked to Casual Sex
“Mixing energy drinks with alcohol can lead to unintentional over-drinking, because the caffeine makes it harder to assess your own level of intoxication,” according to researcher Kathleen Miller.
College-age students ironically may not be as smart as one might think as binge drinking, recreational drug use, and casual sex are typical among the population. Drinking caffeinated energy drinks mixed with alcohol is linked to casual — often risky — sex among college-age adults. Study author Kathleen E. Miller, senior research scientist at the University at Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions in New York state, says the study findings indicate that alcohol mixed with energy drinks might play a role in the “hook-up culture” that exists on many college campuses.
“Alcohol mixed with energy drinks have stronger priming effects than alcohol alone. In other words, they increase the craving for another drink, so that you end up drinking more overall.”
Casual or intoxicated sex can increase the risk of unwanted outcomes, such as unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual assault and depression, according to Miller.
Participants in the study were more likely to use a condom during sex with a casual partner than during sex with a steady partner, consistent with previous research. The findings are scheduled to be published in the print edition of Journal of Caffeine Research and are available online.