LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Combining alcohol with energy drinks may lead to heavier drinking and other health risks. A new study analyzing the drinking behaviors of college students found over 30-percent consumed a mixture of alcohol and energy drinks on at least one occasion. On these days, the students tended to drink more and became more intoxicated compared to when they only drank alcohol. Researchers say the combination also led to more emergency room visits because energy drinks elevate the heart rate and blood pressure -- which makes drinkers more anxious.
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