Substance Use & Misuse
Background: Caffeinated alcoholic beverages (e.g., Red Bull and vodka) are popular but associated with negative consequences. CABs may be particularly popular during Spring Break, a potentially risky social event.
Objectives: We aimed to identify the prevalence of Spring Break caffeinated alcohol use, determine how caffeinated alcohol use Spring Break drinking habits differ from usual, and examine the association between Spring Break caffeinated alcohol use and alcohol-related problems.
Methods: Data were collected from 95 college students during March of 2013 and 2014. Students completed questionnaires of their alcohol and caffeinated alcohol use before and during Spring Break and Spring Break alcohol-related problems. Results: Approximately 54% of students used caffeinated alcohol during Spring Break. Spring Break caffeinated alcohol use was associated with more alcohol-related problems, even after controlling for other alcohol consumed and Spring Break vacation status.
Conclusions/Importance: Caffeinated alcoholic beverages are commonly consumed during Spring Break and their use uniquely predicted harms. Prevention efforts placed on caffeinated alcoholic beverage users may be helpful in reducing Spring Break-related harms.
Original Publication Citation
Linden-Carmichael, A. N., & Lau-Barraco, C. (2016). A preliminary investigation of caffeinated alcohol use during spring break. Substance Use & Misuse, 51(7), 937-941. doi:10.3109/10826084.2016.1155617
0000-0001-8187-6538 (Linden-Carmichael), 0000-0002-2072-5477 (Lau-Barraco)
Linden-Carmichael, Ashley N. and Lau-Barraco, Cathy, "A Preliminary Investigation of Caffeinated Alcohol Use During Spring Break" (2016). Psychology Faculty Publications. 44.