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Alcohol and energy drinks

Combining alcohol combined with energy drinks has become an increasingly popular mix. It has been suggested that the stimulant effects of the energy drink are able to reverse some of the sedative effects of the alcohol, this series of studies aims to critically evaluate this possibility.

This project examines the effects of alcohol and energy drink in combination and alone on
i) cognitive performance and mood
ii) driving simulator performance and,
iii) desire for alcohol measured using cognitive tasks and fMRI. Additionally, there is an online survey and a field study measuring consumption behaviours and personality.

The majority of these studies will be held in the laboratory and will require participants to attend four testing session. The alcohol dose used will usually be the equivalent to reach a BAC of 0.05%. The energy drink will usually be 250 ml and contain 80 mg of caffeine.


Sarah Benson

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