Mixing Alcohol With Diet Soda May Be a Bad Idea (The Atlantic)

A forthcoming study in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research finds that when people mix their alcohol with diet sodas, they become as much as 18 percent more intoxicated than if they were to use regular soda. Researchers from Northern Kentucky University recreated happy hour in the lab, and discovered that drinks made with the aspartame-sweetened diet soda resulted in higher breath alcohol levels in their study subjects. And this difference persisted for three hours after they’d had the drink. “Crucially, they also measured the participants’ perceived levels of intoxication, including how willing they were to drive,” The Atlantic reports. “The subjects, although displaying more impaired behavior on the diet Squirt, appeared wholly unaware of their increased level of intoxication.”

 

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