Why You Might Not Want To Mix Alcohol and Energy Drinks

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For years, research has suggested that mixing alcohol and heavily-caffeinated energy drinks could have negative health effects. Combining the two seems to make you want to drink more and mask signs of inebriation.

The combo’s potential negative consequences aren’t just a personal risk, but a public health one, suggests a new paper in the journal Advances in Nutrition.

“When people mix energy drinks with alcohol, people drink more than they would if they had just consumed alcohol, which is associated with a cascade of problems,” says paper author Cecile Marczinski, associate professor of psychology at Northern Kentucky University.

The increased likelihood of engaging in risky behavior, particularly drunk driving, is chief among the public health concerns, Marczinski says. The caffeine rush in energy drinks makes a drinker look and feel more balanced and coordinated than their drinking would suggest, leading some drinkers to believe they’re not actually drunk. In…

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Yes, Closing Your Eyes Really Does Help You Recall Things Better

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A new study suggests that closing one’s eyes actually does help an individual recall things in more accurate detail.

According to research findings published in the journal Legal and Criminological Psychology, subjects who participated in a recent study at the U.K.’s University of Surrey had more accurate recollections of visual and audio memories when they closed their eyes during testing.

The survey also found that individuals who had better rapport with their interviewers scored higher on tests, reports the BBC.

Closing one’s eyes will “help people visualize the details of the event they are trying to remember,” lead researcher Robert Nash told the BBC. He added that it could “help focus on audio information, too.”

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How to Hang With Your Coworkers Outside the Office

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This article originally appeared on Levo.com.

Like the wilds of a Serengeti watering hole, the office snack room can be a place to hydrate and socialize. It can also become a prime location to discuss the unfortunate rendition of ‘Eye of the Tiger’ you drunkenly belted at your company’s monthly happy hour. Everyone loves the life of the party, but if you’re edging more on the side of hot mess than employee of the month, here are some tips that will help you keep your job, and self-respect.

1. Limit alcohol.

Patti Stanger of Millionaire Matchmaker fame doesn’t eschew drinking more than two glasses of wine at a time for nothing. She knows that her dateable candidates, half of which are already train wrecks sober, would only further careen out of control with extra booze. Being a teetotaler isn’t a necessity, nor especially advised if your co-workers are supremely…

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When Collaborating Actually Makes Sense (and When It Doesn’t)

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This article originally appeared on Live in the Grey.

We won’t sugarcoat it: collaboration is a buzzword of the highest, buzziest order. Every company and every leader we’ve ever met swears by it, vouching for how essential it’s been in getting them and to where they are today. Yet rarely do we hear, in concrete terms, what it actually takes to create a collaborative environment. Even more elusive is when, as we navigate opportunities to collaborate, we should say yes to collaboration and when we should say no.

We thought this problem needed remedying. So for our #LYBL series with lululemon athletica, we asked three leaders we admire for the honest truth about collaboration. Ambassador of Entrepreneurship for Nigeria and founder of Uncharted Play Jessica Matthews; Head of Social Innovation and General Counsel at Warby Parker Anjali Kumar; and EVP of Business Development & Partnerships at Superfly Presents Chad…

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