Study: Diet drinks + alcohol = Higher BAC

Study: Diet drinks + alcohol = Higher BAC

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by KELLIE PATTERSON / NBC Charlotte

WCNC.com

Posted on February 6, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 6 at 7:21 PM

Drinks mixed with diet soda may be more kind to your waistline, but they may leave you more intoxicated than expected.

It's no secret soda can add to your waistline, that's why many drinkers choose to mix alcohol with a diet soda instead. It cuts down the sweetness. And you know calories too.

When asked, “Why diet soda,” the response is usually that they're watching their weight. That's the number one reason, “I'm watching my middle.”

Alcohol with regular soda and alcohol with diet soda may look the same, but according to a new small study, the way they impact your brain is very different.

What we saw was that when you mix alcohol with a diet soft drink, you achieve a higher blood alcohol concentration than you would with a regular soft drink mixer.

Researchers had college students drink about four vodka drinks with regular soda. They waited 40 minutes, gave them a breathalyzer test, and they passed it.

Then on a different day, they had those students drink the same drinks with diet soda.

They may have saved 132 calories, but they failed the breathalyzer test.

The diet drinkers didn't realize they were more drunk, but tests showed their responses were indeed more impaired.

They would be more likely, for example, to get into a car accident.

Why would alcohol with diet soda get you drunker faster? There's no sugar in the diet drink so it goes through the stomach a lot faster. The diet mixture kind of fast forwards the digestion process of sending the alcohol into the bloodstream.

So in other words, without the sugar, the alcohol goes to your head faster.
 
You should probably mix your alcohol with a sugar sweetener mixer as opposed to a diet one.
 

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