A couple of drinks of alcohol can relax you and may be good for your heart. But have too many drinks and it wrecks havoc on your entire body. You become dehydrated, nauseated, and the blood vessels in your head become congested, giving you that traditional “hangover headache.” Keeping on drinking too much every day and it can affect your heart, kidneys, and liver.
There’s an old saying: “Everything in Moderation.” So true. Anything can be overdone, even if it good for you. Exercise too much and you might become compulsive and sick. Unless you are a baby, if you drink too much milk, all that fat may start affecting your arteries. Drink a little and it’s the perfect food.
The same goes for those so-called “energy drinks” on the market now. These caffeine and sugar-filled drinks have become so popular that most of the refrigerated cases at my local 7-Eleven are now filled with them. At first, it was just Red Bull, but now there are about 60+ different brands of them.
According to Medical News Today:
“Moderate consumption of so-called energy drinks can improve people’s response time on a lab test measuring behavioral control, but those benefits disappear as people drink more of the beverage, according to a study published by the American Psychological Association.”
These drinks have become the “new speed” of today’s college generation. They are used to stay awake and study all night, as well as countering the effects of too much alcohol consumption. Sometimes they are even combined with alcohol, and that can be very dangerous.
The study showed that Red Bull, taken in limited amounts, improved mental acuity and cognitive function. But drink too many of them and the response rate was considerably slowed, even though the students studied said that they felt more alert. Like alcohol and marijuana, these energy drinks can give the user an exaggerated sense of well-being and ability.
And, just like with alcohol, different people have different reactions to the same amounts of caffeine. Some are more sensitive to its effects than others. Some folks can’t have a caffeine drink later than the afternoon, or they will never get to sleep at night. Me, on the other hand, I can have a cup of coffee right before bed and then lay down and go right to sleep.
This study also found that male and female college students respond differently to caffeine. The boys showed an increase in diastolic blood pressure, while the girl’s blood pressures weren’t affected at all. The boys also tended to consume more sugary junk foods with the consumption of caffeine than the girls.