Study finds mixing diet soda and alcohol raises intoxication levels

By Deana DeLisio,

You may lose the pounds, but you’ll lose your balance as well.

A recent study has shown that drinking alcohol with diet soda can get you intoxicated faster than if you were to mix your drink with a regular soda.

The study was fairly small as it only consisted of eight men and eight women. These social drinkers met with scientists at Northern Kentucky University twice. The first time, they were given vodka with diet soda, and the second time, they were given vodka with a sugary soft drink, as reported on FOX4.

Diet soda passes through our stomachs more quickly, putting more alcohol into the bloodstream faster. The diet soda group got 20 percent more intoxicated, and reflected a slower reaction time.

Evidently, sugar is what slows down the rate in which we get intoxicated.

“In other words, it is not that diet soda accelerates intoxication. Rather, the sugar in regular soda slows down the rate of alcohol absorption,” explained Dennis Thombs, a professor at the University of North Texas Health Center in Fort Worth, reports NPR.org.

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