If you're looking to cut back your calories by consuming diet mixers with your alcohol, recent studies show that people who drank diet mixers had a higher breath alcohol concentration than those that drank the sugary mixers with their booze.
The study released last year tested 20 people, 10 females and 10 males, who attended 5 sessions where they each received one to five doses of the same amount of alcohol. One group was tested with the sugary beverage while the other the diet. The researchers were able to determine the reason for the elevated alcohol concentration was due to the absence of the sugar.
As it turns out, drinking that diet soda mixer could just put you over the legal limit if you are asked to blow into a breathalyzer by law enforcement. The study found that at the peak of their breath alcohol concentration, those that had the diet mixer blew at .091%, pushing them over the legal limit, while the sugary soda drinkers blew a .077% breath alcohol concentration.
The diet mixer itself doesn't accelerate the intoxication, rather the sugar in the regular soda slows down the rate of the alcohol absorption. In addition to getting you drunker, faster the subjects were given physical impairment tests; the subjects that drank the diet mixer + alcohol cocktail had higher rates of impairment over those that had the sugary cocktail. The study further goes on to report that when the subjects were asked to compare how impaired they felt on the diet mixers versus the sugary mixers, they stated they couldn't pinpoint any significant differences in their impairment.
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