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Commentary on Marczinski and Colleagues: Mixing an Energy Drink with an Alcoholic Beverage Increases Motivation for More Alcohol in College Students

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  • William C. Griffin III

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    • Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina
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Abstract

Background

This commentary discusses the study by Marczinski and colleagues in which they used an alcohol priming procedure to examine the effects of an alcohol/energy drink mixture on the priming effect.

Methods

The significance of the main findings from this study and new avenues of investigation are discussed.

Results

Using an alcohol priming paradigm, Marczinski and colleagues report that an alcohol/energy drink combination (AmED) prolongs the desire-to-drink rating compared with alcohol alone.

Conclusions

The results of this laboratory study add to the growing body of literature that the intoxicating effects of AmED are different than the intoxication by alcohol alone.

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