Red Bull and Vodka, the drink of doom. Sure it is. Apparently ABC news got a hold of some shady science and some suspect statistics to point to in their ever present quest to horrify casual observers. Can you hear the sheep bleating as they run towards the cliffs? Lemming style. I’m more than a little irritated by the sensationalist tract of news that pervades even the most inane subjects. Within this article they make blanket statements, and throw in tid-bits to excite the mind over nothing. Red Bull and Vodka impairs your judgment… Yeah you’re drunk. Then there is this little gem of a sentence.
“A Brazilian study found that college students didn’t perceive themselves to be as intoxicated as they really were.“
Lets break this down a bit. Your expecting College kids to know just how wasted they are? What are you basing this judgment on? Johnny Football Guy didn’t say “I am so wasted” quick enough that night? Your blaming the fact that they didn’t feel drunk on the caffeine? How about the increased tolerance that comes with increased alcohol consumption? I understand what they are getting at here but be serious. Stimulants and alcohol have been mixed for a lot longer than Red Bull has been around. Irish Coffee Anyone?
Couple all of this with the news being a little late to the party. This drink has been making its way around the Bars in the US for 2 or 3 years. great reporting.
And as for the three unfortunate souls who died as a result of drinking Red Bull, not even Red Bull and Vodka, I calmly direct you to the ultimate guide to Caffeine induced death, as we have pointed you there before. There are people on this planet who can not handle caffeine Red Bull has less caffeine in it than a strong cup of coffee does. 80 mg per 8oz, whereas a strong cup of coffee can have 100 mg, per 6 oz. news agencies would do better by stories by reporting the facts without going to the lengths that they do to scare us. Yes Red Bull and Vodka makes you an alert drunk, Caffeine can affect people with weak hearts
Thats about it. I’m done here.
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Paul mate, I am so glad you covered this. In a similar vain I laugh at people that throw those “caffine-injected” drinks down their necks saying that it keeps them full of energy. What a load of crap. They would be better of spending less and buying a cup of coffee.
In actual fact one of my favourite cold caffeine drinks is a milk based iced coffee – it has real coffee in it and I reckon it is the best, “Ice Break” (I think it is Aussie). Anyhow, I can drink a single shot espresso and go to bed, this stuff keeps me going for hours.
The other thing is that about a year ago there was a study released regarding drinking coffee and expecting mothers and that they should be careful. The reason was that some coffee shops were serving up coffee that exceeded the RCI of caffeine for pregnant women. I don’t see warnings on “V” or “Red Bull”. Meaning that they weak in comparison – as you say. You get the average of a cup of instant coffee in those things.
I have my own manual coffee machine from Italy, I reckon that I could pull a double shot from my machine that would absolutely make your head spin. You would have to drink a six pack of Red Bull to get close.
Wake up people, you are being had in a big way. You are paying a crap load of money for bugger all caffeine and good marketing. Get a real buzz and have a great coffee. Fresh beans and ask for a double.
Nice call Paul
i want a single red bull tatoooo………