The researchers behind the study, which is due to be published in the July issue of the journal, claim that adding energy drinks to alcohol increases the risks of drinking.
The American Beverage Association (ABA) released a statement arguing that the focus should not be on energy drinks.
Dr. Maureen Storey, senior vice president of science policy at the ABA, said: “The authors’ concentration on energy drinks, rather than alcohol, does nothing to shed light on the serious problems of underage drinking, excessive alcohol consumption and alcoholism among young adults.”
Storey added that ABA members produce energy drinks do not manufacture alcoholic drinks.
The new study is one of several research papers to come out over the past year questioning the safety of mixing energy drinks with alcohol.
Source: Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research
Effects of Energy Drinks Mixed with Alcohol on Behavioral Control: Risks for College Students Consuming Trendy Cocktails
Authors: Mark T. Fillmore, Mark E. Bardgett and Meagan A. Howard