I was born and raised in the Grand Rapids Area. I started working in radio in Whitehall in 1985. Went back to Grand Rapids for less than a year and got a better gig in Muskegon in September of 1986. I also worked at a few restuarants and in construction while going to school before going full time in radio.
I started rockin' with WMRR in March of 2009 and never looked back! I always loved rock music and finally get to work with it everyday!
It's no secret that alcohol and casual sex have long been friends. The two seem to have a solid relationship, but researchers have found an added element that may contribute even more to casual hook-ups: caffeinated energy drinks.
A new study from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) found a link between casual sex and alcohol mixed with energy drinks—what they call AmEDs. They studied 648 participants, ranging in age from 18 to 40, though according to the University, the participants were "mostly clustered at the lower end of the age spectrum."
Lead researcher Kathleen E. Miller found that, of the sexually active participants, 45.1 percent reported having a casual sexual partner, 24.8 were drunk during their last sexual encounter, and 43.6 said they didn't use a condom. The study also found that nearly one in three sexually active participants reported drinking an AmED during the month before the survey. Of that group, Miller reported:
The study further explains that there's just something about the caffeine in those energy drinks that makes people a bit more sex-crazed than usual:
So what is it about mixing Red Bull with vodka that seems to make drinkers engage in what Miller calls sexually "risky" behavior? She explains:
Miller's explanation supports another recent study, which warned of the dangers of AmEDs. The gist of it is: when you drink, at some point your body indicates that it's time to stop, go home and go to bed. Caffeine seems to prolong that indicator, encouraging users to keep boozing it up.
But the University reports that, when it comes to the sex issue, there's good news.
"Miller's study found that consumption of AmEDs was not a significant predictor of unprotected sex. Drinkers were no less likely than nondrinkers to have used a condom during their most recent sexual encounter."
So I suppose there's a silver lining to this dangerously kinky cloud.