Energy Drinks and Alcohol
Energy drinks should not be consumed with alcohol. When people drink alcohol with energy drinks, they are more likely to feel less impaired and therefore may drink more alcohol. Health Canada does not permit the sale of drinks that contain both alcohol and energy drinks because it may increase the risk of harm.
Energy drinks with lots of caffeine are what’s considered the most commonly-used ‘drug’ taken by Ontario students in Grades 7-12 (Ontario Student Use & Drug Health Survey, 2021).
Youth may be influenced by energy drink ads that show users feeling energized, alert and better able to tackle the day. Have you ever read the label on an energy drink? Ingredients often include caffeine, herbs, taurine, sugar, and vitamins. Warnings are also listed on the side of energy drinks, indicating who should not consume these products. Energy drinks are not considered to be a healthy choice for children, teens, pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Did You Know?
- One can of most energy drinks has more caffeine in it than you should have in an entire day.
- Part of what makes you feel energized is the sugar added to these drinks – which is usually the same amount or more as a can of pop. Sugar can make you feel energized at first but will leave you more tired than ever a few hours later.
- Over time, you can become addicted to caffeine.
Energy drinks are not healthy choices! If you’re feeling low on energy, try eating a healthy snack or meal, drink water and ensure you are getting enough sleep.