Pull up to a bar on any given night and you might hear people order a combination of alcohol and caffeine to keep the fun going, whether that’s in the form of rum and soda, whiskey and coffee, vodka and an energy drink, or some other concoction meant to deliver the perfect double-buzz. While this may seem like a good idea, there are some negative side effects that warrant consideration.
Here are 3 health risks associated with excessive drinking of mixed alcohol and caffeine.
Stomach Ulcer; Drinking mixed alcohol with caffeine can irritate the lining of the stomach if people drink excessively. This leads to inflammation and increases the risk of an ulcer developing. Drinking alcohol can also interfere with the healing process of ulcers that are already present, thus prolonging and exacerbating the symptoms. Moderate and occasional drinking should not lead to any problems with peptic ulcers.
Diabetes; Excessive alcohol consumption increases your risk of developing chronic inflammation of the pancreas called pancreatitis. This condition leads to irreversible damage that includes the destruction of β-cells, the specialized cells in the pancreas responsible for the production, storage, and release of insulin.5 One of the consequences of pancreatitis is an impaired ability of the pancreas to secrete insulin, which can potentially lead to type-2 diabetes.
Heart Disease; Heavy drinking, on the other hand, is linked to a number of poor health outcomes, including heart conditions. Excessive alcohol intake can lead to high blood pressure, heart failure, or stroke. Excessive drinking can also contribute to cardiomyopathy, a disorder that affects the heart muscle. If you’re consistently drinking and combining caffeine and alcohol, caffeine and alcohol both stimulate atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) leading to cardiomyopathy.
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