Jägerbombs are the vice of choice for many youth in today's party scene. The drink offers an accelerated pathway to tipsiness, which is particularly appealing to the broke and impatient student. But devotees of the 'Meister mix should be warned - according to science, it can have some pretty detrimental effects on the body.

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study conducted by Richard van Rijn of Purdue University demonstrated that consuming energy drinks and highly caffeinated alcohols together can have the same destructive effects on the body as cocaine. The brain activity of test mice were monitored after they were given the mixture and the neural patterns that resulted appeared to be identical to that of a human affected by a Class A drug.

Rijn assumes that combining the Redbull and Jägermeister produces a dangerously high level of caffeine that results in a neurochemical state similar to that which is imparted by cocaine.

Persistent consumption of Jägerbombs could lead to long-term changes in the chemistry and behaviour of the brain. It could also increase one's chances of becoming addicted: "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," says Rijn.

Using Redbull as an additive to other types of alcohol may also yield similar effects. There have even been some reports of death involving drinking binges with energy drinks and vodka. Since Redbull is a stimulant, it can mask the effects of alcohol and trick one's brain into thinking one is not as intoxicated as he or she actually is. This could lead to the overconsumption of alcohol, which is, of course, very lethal.

Practice safe drinking!

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