Coffee with alcohol is a combination that many people love and which is part of many cocktails. For example, when you drink an Irish coffee with a steady dose of whiskey in it, you will feel instantly refreshed, with more energy and an uplifted spirit. Caffeinated drinks in combination with alcohol are also a preferred option to keep you awake, boost your mood and have a stimulating effect.
But is such a powerful combination a good idea? The short answer is no.
Caffeine is a stimulant, which means it makes you feel invigorated, more energized and in a better mood. Alcohol works in a similar way, but is also a depressant, according to the US National Library of Medicine, as cited by livestrong.com. Alcohol slows down brain activity, impairs judgment, impairs cognitive function and memory.
What are the consequences of consuming caffeine and alcohol at the same time?
High blood pressure and rapid pulse
The stimulant effects that both alcohol and caffeine have can raise blood pressure and cause a faster heart rate. This is dangerous not only for those suffering from cardiovascular diseases, but also for perfectly he althy and young people. These dangerous conditions can occur even in teenagers who consume energy drinks in combination with alcohol, which can be extremely dangerous to their he alth.
According to the Mayo Clinic, both alcohol and caffeine can raise blood pressure, making this combination so dangerous. An accelerated and irregular pulse can also be very dangerous to he alth and life. In some cases, medical intervention may also be necessary.
Worsening depression and anxiety
There is a link between alcohol and depression. Alcoholic and caffeinated drinks have a depressant effect on the nervous system. Although they may make you feel good in the short term, in the long term their effects have a depressing effect on the nervous system and brain. This can seriously worsen conditions such as anxiety, restlessness, depression.
Deterioration of digestive function
Alcohol and caffeine act as diuretics. This means that they have a dehydrating effect, and the more aggressively water is released from the body, the more difficult the digestive function becomes, in particular the function of the intestines. They need enough fluids to perform their functions. The dehydration that caffeine and alcohol cause can slow down bowel movements, make them inert, and worsen the condition of gut bacteria. The result can be both constipation and diarrhea.
Caffeine stimulates and excites the nervous system. This can interfere with sleep. In combination with alcohol, which gives a false sense of invigoration, sleep can be disturbed even more seriously, because alcohol also stimulates the nervous system, causes disturbances in thermoregulation, causes restless sleep, night awakenings.