There comes a point on any wild night out or stag do when someone makes the seemingly inevitable decision to order a round of Jägerbombs.
A heady mix of one shot of Jäger coupled with roughly half a can of Redbull or, more commonly, a can of some generic discount energy drink, the decision to indulge in a Jägerbomb usually signals the start of a messy night.
However, what many probably don’t realise is just how messy, and potentially dangerous a night could be following the consumption of this volatile cocktail of alcoholic spirit and energy juice.
That’s all changed with the publication of a study by Canada’s University of Victoria, which showcased the way in which caffeine often encourages people to not only stay out for longer but also drink a hell of a lot more – with volatile results.
Based on a review of some 13 studies published between 1981 and 2016, the researchers found that in around 10 instances, the combination of booze and energy drinks resulted in a major increase in the number of fights and accidents involving this inebriated bunch.
“Usually when you’re drinking alcohol, you get tired and you go home,” Audra Roemer, the lead author on the study, explained.
“Energy drinks mask that, so people may underestimate how intoxicated they are, end up staying out later, consume more alcohol, and engage in risky behaviour and more hazardous drinking practices.”
The study follows similar research from Purdue University in the US that highlighted how doing a Jägerbomb is actually as bad for you as snorting a line of cocaine.
Based on tests involving mice, researchers found that the combination of alcohol and caffeine created a greater increase in locomotor activity in the brain than simply caffeine alone, creating an effect that was similar to the sort seen when ingesting cocaine.
loaded only hopes that the information provided puts you off the idea of doing Jägerbombs ever again but we definitely have our doubts.