Side effects of energy drinks cause spike in E.R. visits

People are using energy drinks as a way to stay awake longer, so they are more likely to drink more, and they are at a greater risk for acute alcohol poisoning,” Donham said.

I finally asked one of my many patients in the ER why it seems like a good idea to drink the Red Bull/vodka combo so popular around here. "You can get drunker," she said, as if I were dim witted. Evidently, according to this article, that's true. Drunker enough to have to go to the ER. But I'm the dim-witted one.