New Worry for Employers: Workers Mixing Energy Drinks and Alcohol

New Worry for Employers: Workers Mixing Energy Drinks and Alcohol from CMM Technology

By: CMM Technology  26-Jun-2014
Keywords: Drug and Alcohol Testing, Drug Test, Saliva Drug Test

The variety of illicit drugs grows all the time as innovative drug manufacturers find ways to make more powerful chemical mixtures. However, a new threat has entered the picture, and it is legal. Energy drinks have proven to be popular with young adults and are increasingly proving to be lethal at the same time, and especially when mixed with alcohol. For employers, this presents yet another new challenge to their attempts to maintain a safe workplace, and reinforces the fact that alcohol testing is as an essential component of an alcohol and drug testing program. Energy drinks do not contain alcohol. However, they may contain high amounts of caffeine and other substances, which is why the Australian Beverage Council (ABC) regulates energy drinks. The other substances usually include a variety of B vitamins and high doses of the amino acids Taurine and Glucoronolactone. An energy drink has between 145 mg/L and 320 mg/L of caffeine in a 250mL can. This is an amount that approximately equals the caffeine in a single cup of instant coffee. Growing Numbers of Tragic Consequences Energy drinks are primarily drunk by teenagers, young adults at dance parties, students, athletes, night workers, truck drivers and others who need an energy boost and sustained alertness. Though innocuous sounding, the real story of energy drinks are found on the label. The ABC requires warning labels on every can that reminds people that the high concentration of caffeine is not suitable for children, anyone with caffeine sensitivity or pregnant women. Each label is required to contain a daily usage advisory statement also. The beverage industry also states that staff in the hotel and restaurant businesses should be trained to serve energy drinks responsibly and to refuse service when a patron appears intoxicated. In addition, the industry states that energy drinks should not be used in conjunction with a contest requiring excessive consumption of alcohol in a short period of time. The many warnings that use energy drinks and alcohol in the same sentence are justified by growing concern that mixing energy drinks and alcohol can lead to tragic consequences. This is yet another issue employers must consider when training employees on alcohol and drug free workplace policies and procedures. Energy drinks mixed with alcohol are believed to have serious or even lethal consequences. Since energy drinks are not banned in many workplaces, those employees mixing energy drinks and alcohol present a safety risk to the employer. The suspected documented lethal cases have so far occurred in the United States where energy drinks are not regulated. In the U.S., a large sized energy drink can have seven times the amount of caffeine in a can of cola. Just recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it is investigating whether five deaths and a heart attack are linked to the large sized energy drinks. This Article has been taken from: http://cmm.com.au/articles/new-worry-for-employers-workers-mixing-energy-drinks-and-alcohol/

Keywords: Alcohol Test, Drug and Alcohol Testing, Drug Test, Employee Drug Testing, Saliva Drug Test

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