Mixing Red Bull & Vodka has the same effect as Cocaine [Details Here]

Energy drinks mixed with Alcohol can be more dangerous than you'd think

According to a new study from scientists at Purdue University, mixing energy drinks with alcohol “has the same effect on the brain as taking cocaine.”

The scientists have found that Energy drinks, like Red Bull and Monster for example, contain 10 times more caffeine than soda mixed with vodka. And mixing them with alcohol alters the activity in the adolescent brain – which lasts into adulthood.

“It seems the two substances (high energy drinks and alcohol) together push them over a limit that causes changes in their behavior and changes the neurochemistry in their brains.

“We’re clearly seeing effects of the combined drinks that we would not see if drinking one or the other.” Dr. Richard van Rijn told The Sun adding that the drinks are much less harmful if consumed on their own.

This study also notes that people who frequently drink energy drinks mixed with alcohol can also have a higher likelihood of using cocaine at some point in the future, and it’s all to do with long term changes to their brain.

Dr. van Rijn added: “Mice that had been exposed to alcohol and caffeine were somewhat numb to the rewarding effects of cocaine as adults.

“Mice that were exposed to highly caffeinated alcoholic drinks later found cocaine wasn’t as pleasurable. “They may then use more cocaine to get the same effect.”

Marco Di
Founder of Rave Jungle. Part time writer, full time raver. A lover of most electronic music genres, with a special taste for Deep House and Techno. Get in touch with me via email.


  1. Red Bull is not a Soft Drink at all; It is a Stimulant, which you should only drink when you need to stay awake. I researched Red Bull when they first started to Sponsor F1 in the mid 90s. Back Then, it was still Illegal in France! Mixing Energy Drinks with Red Bull is nothing more than Drug Abuse, and I very anti-abuse of all kinds. These days. My experiences with Energy Drinks & Alcohol is that The The Alcohol, gets you drunk, and the Energy drink stops you realising how drunk you are. Just like smoking Marijuana! Not Cocaine… Forget what you read about the large amounts of Caffeine in Energy Drinks. One can of Energy Drink has the same amount of Caffeine as a Cup of Proper Coffee. ie not Instant. Coffee made from Ground Beans, or Filter Coffee ThatIs. It’s the Taurine that is the active ingredient that makes you stay awake. If you knew what Taurine is, you maybe wouldn’t drink it! Like Chicken Nuggets it’s Disgusting. Synthesised Bull Sperm! I swear down. When I am DJing, I have a special drink, that I have made up, which is only available whilst I’m am In The House. It’s called: ”@ Comfortable”. Double Southern Comfort & Red Bull, with ICE. Try it yourself; It’s lovely….. Much too busy, these days, for any other kinds of Abuse… 😉 %)

    • My experience being drunk in general is that I don’t realize how drunk I am… that’s just a feature of alcohol intoxication, regardless of which other substances are mixed with it. The one exception is Cannabis… as soon as I smoke Cannabis, then suddenly I very much realize how drunk I am and frequently it prompts me to stop drinking. So my experience is very much contradictory to what you said about marijuana.


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