A. Recent consumption of caffeine, usually in excess of 250 mg (e.g., more than 2-3 cups of coffee). B. Five (or more) of the following signs, developing during, or shortly after, caffeine use: restlessness nervousness excitement insomnia flushed face diuresis gastrointestinal disturbance muscle twitching rambling flow of thought and speech tachycardia or cardiac arrhythmia periods of in inexhaustibility psychomotor agitation
C. The symptoms in criterion B cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. The symptoms are not due to a general medical condition and are not better accounted for by another mental disorder (e.g., an anxiety disorder). Information from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IVDiagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV
Even though many states have banned alcoholic/energy drinks there are increasing numbers of college age students showing up in the Emergency Room and calling poison control centers with alcohol intoxication. Why? Because they are mixing their own alcoholic/energy drinks.
Energy DrinkAlcohol Stimulate Increase heart rate Nausea Seizures Depressant Pass out Vomit Aspirate Usually someone who drinks will eventually pass out. If they are drinking alcohol with energy drinks, the caffeine will keep them awake and allow them to drink increasingly large amounts of alcohol and become more intoxicated.
Fruit flavored malt beverage-watermelon, cherry, lemonade, etc. 12% alcohol as much as a 6 pack of beer As much caffeine as 5 cups of coffee
Increase dopamine levels in the body What is dopamine? The neurotransmitter in the brain that is associated with rewards. Therefore once the reward system is activated then you continue to reward more and more.