Energy Drinks Are The "Gateway" To Cocaine Addiction, Study Shows

Lianna Hursh

From Delish

The negative side effects of energy drinks are no secret. For months (let's be honest, more like years), we've watched study after study reveal the absolutely horrific things these nasty drinks do to the human body.

They've dominated headlines. "Energy Drinks Might Be Messing Up Your Heart," "Too Many Energy Drinks Can Give You Hepatitis," and let's not forget my personal favorite, "Your Energy Drink Isn't Getting You Through the Day, It's Killing You From The Inside."

As if I weren't dead enough on the inside already.

The amount of studies that show the dangers of energy drinks are seemingly endless. Yet, here we stand in 2017 … still drinking them.

In case you thought we've finally reached the point where energy drinks simply can't get worse, think again. There's a reason why you can't kick your bad habit - why you're reaching for that Monster Energy drink at 3PM despite every story, study, or article that's told you not to. These drinks are seriously addicting … so addicting in fact, that they could act as a "gateway" to cocaine, according to a new study.

That's right folks, more bad news!

The study found that 21 to 25-year-olds who drank large amount of sugar and caffeine-filled products were much more likely to become addicted to cocaine. These participants were also at a greater risk of alcohol abuse and using amphetamines and other stimulants within five years. Yikes.

With that in mind, swallow your pride and splurge on a $5.00 latte next time you need that afternoon pick-me-up. You'll thank yourself later.

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