MAST Training Required - Alcohol Energy Drinks
Education regarding the dangers of Alcohol Energy Drinks must be included in the MAST Training curriculum in Washington State. Everyone receiving an Alcohol Servers Permit (MAST permit), Class 12 Mixologist Permit or Class 13 Servers Permit, need to be aware of the dangers of mixing alcohol and stimulants. Consider the following:
WOULD YOU CONSCIOUSLY DRINK 5 BEERS AND 3 CUPS OF COFFEE IN AN HOUR?
HOW ABOUT 10 BEERS AND 6 CUPS OF COFFEE IN AN HOUR?
JUST 2 ALCOHOL ENERGY DRINKS = 10 BEERS & 6 CUPS OF COFFEE!!!
CHECK IT OUT! NORMAL BEER -VS- ALCOHOL ENERGY DRINK
By the way, did you know Alcohol Energy Drinks are not required to list the amounts of their ingredients?
PUBLIC HEALTH IMPLICATIONS – WHAT ARE THEY?
- Alcohol + Stimulants = People FEEL less drunk! They are DRUNK, they just feel less drunk than they really are!
- Stimulants mask alcohol's intoxicating effects and promotes risk taking
- Known as "Liquid cocaine" and "Blackout in a can"
- Sends mixed messages to your heart functions – can be very dangerous
- Can increase heart palpitations
- Quickens dehydration
- Young people are most likely to take risks
WHAT ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN
- The Washington State LCB has already banned several pre-mixed alcohol energy drinks in Washington State
- The FDA has warned companies about mixing caffeine with alcohol
- Discourage consumption of pre-mixed alcohol energy drinks through education efforts, to include:
- Have alcohol seller / server trainers address the issue during classes
- Include questions regarding this issue on the final exam of all alcohol seller / server training classes
- Continue to work with statewide partners to address the social issues of underage drinking and overconsumption