Everyone knows that inviting Red Bull & Vodka to the party is like bringing a lit match to a gas fight—the drink blows everything up. And the fact that everyone knows that could be why it seems to be so potent. Behavioral scientists are walking back the theory that the energy drink-booze combo gets you extra turnt with a new study that indicates the extraordinary intoxication is just a placebo effect. Red Bull may not give you wings, but it will give you one serious head trip.
According to Munchies, researchers at the INSEAD Sorbonne University Behavior Lab in Paris divided male subjects into three groups, and gave each group the exact same boozy beverage. But here’s the catch: Researchers told each group that they were getting either a Red Bull & Vodka, a generic vodka drink or an “exotic fruit” cocktail. After downing their beverages, the group that was told they were drinking Red Bull & Vodka were more confident about their flirting abilities, used a riskier strategy in a cash-based balloon game, and generally considered themselves more drunk than they had any chemical right to be.
If you were worried about pairing energy drinks with booze because of studies comparing the effects to cocaine, consider this your wake-up call. Same goes for overeager Red Bull & Vodka drinkers who need to calm down. Drink what you like (in moderation, of course) and don’t give into stereotypes. That said, the next time you’re looking to mix your caffeine and booze buzzes, maybe leave the cans at home and try one of these coffee cocktails instead.
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