Alcohol is the source of much of the stupidity we encounter in society. When one consumes alcohol, whether you believe it or not, brain function is inhibited as well as coordination. Basically, you can’t think as well, nor can you move as well. I know there are people who believe the opposite, but that’s just the alcohol stroking your ego. I’m pretty sure that if the alcohol actually let you see how stupid you become when drinking, people would drink much less. Think about that, if while under the influence of alcohol you retained a conscious remembrance of all the stupid things you did, would you continue to drink?
Like the previous story, only more lethal, this story involves energy drinks. I have read the account and I will include a link to it at the bottom of the article, but I believe that alcohol and stupidity are more to blame than energy drinks.
On March 6th our heroine, 18-year-old Jayde Dinsdale, went to a pub and downed 10 Jägerbombs (it was 2 for 1 on Jägerbombs). For those who are unfamiliar, a Jägerbomb is a drink made by combining a half a can of Red Bull in a pint glass with a shot of Jägermeister. Before the creation of Red Bull, beer was used in making Jägerbombs. So, Jayde downs 10 Jägerbombs and then goes home. The funny thing about Jägerbombs is the combination of caffeine and alcohol. Alcohol serves to depress your breathing and heart rate while the caffeine has the opposite effect. So, downing 10 Jägerbombs left her in a relatively normal state, besides being drunk.
The next morning she was at home talking to her mother when the alcohol finally left her system. At that point, her body finally metabolized the alcohol and the caffeine took over. She had two heart attacks in the bathroom of her house and another one in the hospital. It was a good thing she still lived with her parents, otherwise she would be dead. Her father started administering CPR, which probably saved her life.
She ended up in the hospital in an induced coma for three weeks while she stabilized enough to implant a defibrillator that would restart her heart if it stopped again. When she finally regained consciousness the doctors told her that the energy drinks were the cause of her heart attacks. Jayde and her family are now warning people to stay away from energy drinks.
Personally I think that she is missing the real culprit here, alcohol. I doubt she would have drunk that much Red Bull if she hadn’t also been drinking alcohol. Can you imagine downing five Red Bulls in rapid succession? I can honestly say that while I’m not really interested in drinking energy drinks I have had a few. They contain around 80mg of caffeine, which is about the same as two cans of cola and slightly less than a mug of coffee. Now, according to the Statistic Brain website the average consumption of coffee in the US is 3.1 mugs a day. That’s over 240mg of caffeine and you don’t see people dropping dead from that. Usually that amount of caffeine is consumed over the course of the day not in a few hours. So Jayde consumed 300mg of caffeine in a few hours, and now is blaming the energy drinks for her implanted defibrillator. I don’t care who you are, no one can tell me that she would have drank that much caffeine if she had been sober.
I’m not disputing here that energy drinks can be dangerous. What I am disputing is that the energy drink are solely to blame. I think that she would be much better off avoiding alcohol in the future than energy drinks and caffeine, alcohol obviously impairs her judgement.