Red bull and Vodka
Red bull is a heavily caffeinated energy drink spiked with additional stimulants, and a red bull is a definite pick me up; and when mixed with vodka or other liquor, red bull cocktails help counter the depressive effects of alcohol, letting people enjoy the buzz of red bull cocktails, while perceiving less of the unpleasant drowsiness, feelings of un coordination and intoxication. You can dance all night on red bull cocktails.
You're just as drunk, but you don’t feel it
But the problem is that although you may feel more alert, more coordinated and generally more sober, your reflexes and motor skills are just as impaired as people drinking regular cocktails; the effects of alcohol intoxication are not countered by the effects of red bull.
Researchers in Brazil examined the motor skills performance of people who had drank an equivalent amount of alcohol, but half had drank it with red bull mixers, and the other half with non stimulant mixers.
The group that drank the red bull cocktails self reported feeling less drunk on a number of measures than the non red bull drinking group, but when tested on motor skills performance, and other quantitative measures of intoxication, performed equally badly.
So what's the big deal?
A false self awareness of intoxication presents with a couple of problems.
Firstly, people who are not truly aware of how intoxicated they are tend to drink more alcohol. They are more at risk for acute alcohol poisoning, and intense intoxication. They are more at risk of getting drunker than they would normally, and acting in possibly risky and unsafe ways.
Secondly, although campaigns against intoxicated driving promote the use of a designated driver, a recent Canadian study indicates that a sizable percentage of people do not plan for a designated driver prior to a night out, and the person who drives the car home is simply the person who seems least drunk at the time. With people on red bull cocktails feeling a lot less drunk than they actually are, this may lead to more intoxicated people behind the wheel.
If you drink red bull cocktails, you should be aware of the risks of misperceiving your actual level of intoxication. You may be a lot drunker than you think you are.
Selecting the least drunk person to drive home is an appalling and irresponsible policy, and should never be condoned, and when clinical studies show that people drinking cannot accurately gauge their level of intoxication, it truly makes no sense.
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Vish on February 21, 2015:
VRBs are Sick !
psychonaut on June 16, 2013:
Im 230lbs 6ft in my 30s, I smoke, drink and on weekends I use drugs. I drink vrb's when I go out, but last night I had aprox 6 of these vrb's. I was not feeling drunk at all for 4 hours, just tipsy. After I got home I ate pot cookies. I was wired and I thought pot will bring me down but pot just increased the anxiety and I felt even more wired. It felt almost like lsd induced "psychosis" at one point. I ended up pacing through the apartment just to burn energy. What is also weird is the feeling you have... you are tired, you want to go to sleep but you cant and you have all this energy that puts your body in such an alert state.
I ended up drinking a lot of water and not sleeping at all. It takes aprox 8 hours from consuming 6 vrb drinks for the effect to wear of.
Moderation is the key. Know your body also. btw I was also really tired that day.
shin_rocka04 from Maryland on June 05, 2012:
I've never really been into the whole energy and alcohol mix (even though I do like to drink from time to time and build cocktails). Just that mix of a depressant and stimulant sounds like an ugly after effect. If you don't pay for it now, you will later. Thanks for confirming. Everyone that does this combo, please be careful. Good hub.
Nomascus concolor from A Country called Earth on April 17, 2012:
Thanks for raising this issue! There is a whole secret policy about red bull... It was forbidden in France until they had to prove it was dangerous for men (which has not been done because of lack of funds for research). Be careful with that product - and that mixture!
bigbuns on March 07, 2012:
i died when i tried this.
Billy on March 02, 2012:
Check your grammer.."equally as badly" and "firstly" are not proper.
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dean on February 24, 2012:
1 redbull and vodka, can i drive??? can anyone tell me please!!??
neha on January 07, 2012:
its amazing cocktail but with few side effects of course i had 5 of em and cant sleep for hours if u exceed more than 5 it may cause short term memory lost as i experienced it 3-4 times where i completely forgot how i reached home and parked my car what all happened after party what all i spoke with my friends it was totally washed out!!!!so enjoy couple of em but don't exceed!!!!!cheers!!!!!
jamzie on January 01, 2012:
this combo got me 4 dui"s in 4 months!!!!!!!! my bad!! please stay home with this combo!!! it gonna cost me about 30 grand, serious!!!!!!!i should be in jail, good lawyer1
Martin on December 22, 2011:
I drank 13yegabombs with bout 7cans red bull,don't feel great after it,dis is a week later...
Lesly S on December 10, 2011:
For all those ppl who think they can control alcohol, their out of their FUCKING mind there is nobody who's capable to do it. Also you got to be a SMF to think that it doesn't effect your heart. I'm just saying don't be stupid if you going to drink- drink but don't but your self and others at risk to get hurt.
oops.. on October 31, 2011:
Freshman in college...skinny, cute, nieve...first time going out to a club, first time getting drunk...with the influence of my friends I had 5 shots of vodka and a red bull within a 30 minute period within 20 minutes i felt great... had to work the next day...didn't feel so great then. Not the best idea that crossed my mind not going to lie. My mom brought this whole RB&V topic up to me and honestly all I have to say is 15 year old person....you need help. Costa Rica girl...im just like you...and Mr. Strip Club...get a life.
R on October 31, 2011:
Halloween weekend... Last night I pregamed with red bull vodka and used 2 small cans. Then went to the bar and had 6 tall red bull and red stag (try it), and after finished with grey goose and rb. Im thinking i had probably 6 cans of red bull last night between 930 and 3am. Came back home and went right to sleep. I woke up and was like did I really drink that much red bull? so i decided to look online what the side affects were adn that's why im here.
B. R. on October 10, 2011:
Also your an f-ing 17 year old. Of course you can't control your shit. Duhhh!!!!!! Im just saying.
I love red bull and grey goose. That's the shit!!
allisyn on September 29, 2011:
I don't see what the big deal is? Okay I'm 15 (young I know) & I've drank Redbull & Vodka a couple times now. I had one redbull, four shots of vodka, AND smoked pot, and wtf, I didn't get "disoriented" and lose my mind? What the crap? I got tipsy. That's it. If you watch what you're doing you'll be okay.
jon on September 05, 2011:
I have about 5 of these one night but very stongly i put half vodka and half redbull and funneled 2 of them and was very drunk but didn't feel it and could not sleep for a full day....
Jess on June 09, 2011:
Red Bull and vodka rock, its very refreshing on a hot summers day:) As with anything you are to drink moderatly, you know have fun but don't over do it. Always be responsible:)
Team Red Bull on April 19, 2011:
I guess Red Bull and Vodka makes people misspell every other word too.
MarisAFAGGOT on April 05, 2011:
mari continued on March 30, 2011:
and it tasted fine. so i kept talking and remebering the best parts of the trip. and when i tried to stand up i fell. the rest of the night i was aa wild animal according to everybody else. it was like i knew what i was doing but i couldn't control it. i endend up drunk beyond my whits and putting evryone on the trip and who tried to help me out that night, in danger. by the way. i was drunk and i had 2 hours to sober up before i had to fly home to the united states. i hadno idea until the next morning about vodka and red bull. and the bad effects. i don't even remember that there was vodka in the red bull. i feel stipid and i disappointed my mom, my friends and my teachers. I FEEL mostl ylikr a HYPOCRITE and really trashy.all of this happened yesterday morning at like 12 or 1. i still feel like shit. emotionally. but red bull and vodka had me completely disoriented. and out of control. did i mention this was my first time getting drunk. i think my fre=iends told me i had three of these drinks. i thought i was gonna be okay because i felt fine. it was the scariest thing i have ever experienced.
MARI on March 30, 2011:
I am 17 years old. i don't drink and i don't smoke. i always wear my seatbelt and aside from skippin out on dishes and catching a smart tounge with my mama everynow and then, i believe i am a good person. I am the friend you call when you are stranded in the middle of the day or night. I am the person who drives you to my house to sleep off your hangover so your parents don't find out or i drive you an hour and a half back home so you don't have to drive. i help council you through the bad to realize that there is a reason for everything and that you getting drunk wasn't that bad. my mom has neve i never thought i would ever be blogging about a terrible indescretion that could have landed me in the most terrible situation on earth.But i made the biggest mistake of my life when i decided to go to a bar, in Costa Rica, where the drinking age is 18, with 6 guys. I thought i was just gonna chill with the guys and enjoy our last night in costa Rica. i never intendend on getting any alcohol (i know but if i wasn't getting any alcohol why did i even go to the bar?). every kid wants a great story to tell and i honestly guess that was what i was looking for. how many people could say they went to a bar in costa rica at 17 even if they didn't take a sip. but i sipped a drink and it tasted pretty good. it tasted like red bull a
lenny on March 10, 2011:
just mix 3/4 vodka and 1/4 red bull and the red bull will not do much. PROBLEM SOLVED
Feral on March 06, 2011:
I have a weak heart and I drink lt bottles of rb type drinks daily often with Vodka at night...still ain't dead but I do get more stuff done and it's cheaper that illegal stimulants ;)
unknown on March 05, 2011:
I go to strip clubs on saturday nights an drink red bull an vokas all night.An i don't have issues with sleeping are heart problems i go to work everyday during the week an im fine. Hell im drinking red bull an voka right now as i speak because its saturday night an im about to go out to strip clubs an have fun. BE SAFE!!!!
unknown on March 05, 2011:
mmmm so yummy
Trolley Whacker on February 12, 2011:
I downed a crap-ton of these bastards 2 nights ago... Haven't slept since and I've had a hard-on the whole time too... My balls are really starting to hurt!!
Prasad on January 03, 2011:
I was awake all night after having 5glasses of
vodka and redbull
Katie on October 10, 2010:
I've had quite a few Red Bull & Vodka mixed drinks tonight. I feel great but the scary part is, I don't FEEL drunk, as this article says. I watched the bartender pour the drinks and know I've had a lot of alcohol, but I feel fine. I know I should be tired, but I can't sleep. Don't know if I'll drink a shit-ton of RB&V's anytime soon again.
Lava on October 03, 2010:
Most people don't have a weak heart. This is a test of toughness i.e. mixing red bull with alcohol. For instance, I ingested large quantities of both now, but I can still type and dance and all the stuff ... that is, remaining alert, although I downed a few glasses by now. Heck, I think I can even drive a car ...
Flavorman on April 05, 2010:
Great article! I always thought it made me more charming and attractive, too. Guess not. I love that you are pitching this as a warning, and not lobbying for the ban of Redbull and Alcohol. Moderation is always the key.
John Nesler on March 25, 2010:
Have you considered a healthy alternative. Listen first,
XE Healthy Energy Drink is 12 fruit juices no added caffeine, no processed sugars, no corn syrup, no synthetics and no steroids. It makes a great mixer.
With the Wellness craze what could be better than a Healthy Cocktail?
steve on March 17, 2010:
forget to mention the mixing of a depressant and a stimulant? Not good for the heart, and can lead to a heart attack if you have a weak heart.