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Context of Mixing Alcohol With Energy Drinks

Researchers examined college students’ drinking patterns to determine the settings where alcohol mixed with energy drinks (AmEDs) were mostly used. The study asked 122 heavy drinking college students to keep a 2-week diary listing what, where, when, and with whom they drank. Data collected across 389 drinking days revealed that participants were more likely to consume AmED’s in potentially risky contexts. The odds of pregaming and drinking at a bar or club in addition to at home were higher, while drinking game behavior was lower.

The study, “Alcohol Mixed With Energy Drinks: Daily Context of Use,” is published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute on Drug Abuse supported this research effort.

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