The Daily Mail reports that a new survey indicates that people who consume energy drinks mixed with alcohol are at greater risk of hurting themselves or being assaulted than those who drink plain old booze.

In the first study of its kind, American researchers questioned 4,271 students from 10 U.S. universities about their drinking habits and the consequences.

They found, compared to those who did not mix caffeine and alcohol they had almost double the risk of being taken advantage of sexually.

In a typical drinking session, they drank up to 36 per cent more than the other students, and they also reported twice as many episodes of weekly drunkenness.

Like most studies, this particular finding may not sufficiently untangle causation and correlation. People who mix energy beverages and alcohol usually hang out with like-minded imbibers, guaranteed to up the chances of mayhem. To quote from one blitzed blog:

I had a Watermelon Martini and one made with strawberrry vodka and Red Bull, yummy. And when I say one, I mean like four… they make you a huge martini and then give you a little shaker that has another one in it… AWESOME!

Yep. Awesome.

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