Mixing Energy Drinks, Alcohol Ups Risk of Teen Drinking Problems

Mixing energy drinks with alcohol increases likelihood of drinking problems fourfold compared to teens who try alcohol alone.

A new study finds that teens who mix alcohol with energy drinks are four times more likely to have an alcohol disorder than teens who have tried alcohol but never mixed it with an energy drink.Dartmouth researchers published the study in the Journal of Pediatrics.

Several studies have discovered a link between consuming alcohol mixed with energy drinks and the increased rates of negative outcomes while drinking, including binge drinking.

However, most studies of these studies have been conducted among undergraduate college students, not high school students.

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