HuffPo - We know caffeine can be good for us: not only is it loaded with antioxidants and nutrients, but it can also help lower the risk of several serious diseases.
But mixing it with alcohol? Yeah, not such a great idea, according to science. And although many of us have tried a vodka/champagne-Red Bull concoction, turns out, this mixture’s long-term effects on the brain are similar to the changes caused by taking cocaine, according to a study published in the science journal Plos One.
“It seems the two substances together push them over a limit that causes changes in their behaviour and changes the neurochemistry in their brains,” Richard van Rijn, the university’s assistant professor of medicinal chemistry, said. “We are clearly seeing effects of the combined drinks that we would not see if drinking one or the other.”
Van Rijn also explained why drinking an alcohol-caffeine drink is like taking cocaine:
“That’s one reason why it’s so difficult for drug users to quit because of these lasting changes in the brain,” van Rijn said. “Mice that had been exposed to alcohol and caffeine were somewhat numb to the rewarding effects of cocaine as adults… They may then use more cocaine to get the same effect.”
Well, my brain is COOKED. Donezo. Finished. I don’t just drink RBVs, they are my drink of choice. I cannot even recall the last time I went out and didn’t start the night with one. And this isn’t like a “ohhh Nate drinks, sooooo cool” type of blog post. We all drink. Drinking is great. This is more of a “ohhhhh Nate drinks pure poison and is going to die soon” type of blog post. There are nights where one RBV turns to two RBVs tuns to 7 RBVs and I wake up in the morning and legit feel like death. Not in a hungover way, like legit “what the fuck did I put in my body?” last night type of way. Well it turns out when you have poison flowing through your veins and up into your brain, you’re doing the same long-term damage as someone addicted to cocaine. Good, great, grand, wonderful!
And it’s not like I didn’t know it was bad for me. After the 3rd time waking up feeling like I was punched in the face by a tractor trailer, I knew I had to stop. But when the drinking gets going and the going gets drinking, I need caffeine. If I drink like 4 beers at a leisurely pace, I’ll be asleep by 10:45. I’m just a big sleepy guy, can’t help it. If I’m not drinking a coffee with my first beer, I’m pounding RBVs til the Sun comes up. This whole time I thought it was the safe alternative to the fresh pow, turns out they are one and the same.
So what’s my game plan? I’m not changing a thing. Die doing what you love. Live for today, not for tomorrow, and not for the 100% chance of my brain turning into mashed potatoes. I’ve gone this far by pounding them, and I’m only slightly retarded, how much worse can it really get? #Positivity