AN Orange woman is pleading with young people to reconsider drinking energy drinks with alcohol after spending a nightmare night in hospital.
The woman declined to be named to protect the identity of her friends who regularly mix the two substances.
The woman used to drink three energy drinks a day.
One night in November she mixed them with alcohol and was rushed to hospital and diagnosed with pancreatitus.
The disease can cause kidney failure, diabetes and brain damage, however, doctors told her if she stopped drinking the beverages she could expect a full recovery.
However, she did not listen.
Last week, while on holidays, she vomited blood after drinking half a bottle of orange-coloured vodka mixed with energy drink.
“It’s never happened before,” she said.
“I was on holidays and, you know, when you’re on holidays you’re more likely to have a few drinks, so I did.”
The woman said her boyfriend’s friends often mixed energy drinks and alcohol and they simply could not go to sleep.
“It would increase the chances of carrying on stupid because instead of calling it a night you’ve got all this extra energy that needs to be burnt off,” she said.
“People would go and do stupid things to burn that energy off. It definitely makes people more hypo.”
The woman has finally learnt a valuable lesson and sworn off both alcohol and energy drinks.
“I’ll never do it again, it was just stupid,” she said.
About 80 per cent of cases of pancreatitis is caused by excessive alcohol consumption or gall stones.
“I used to drink too much, but I wasn’t an alcoholic. I didn’t think about alcohol all the time,” the woman said.
“Think twice before you drink them, it’s just not worth it.”