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Sip Tip: The Drunk Diet

A recent study will be published in April's edition of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research that looked at sodas in alcoholic beverages.  Researchers wanted to know if people who chose less sugary, or sugar substitute sodas had any effect on drinking and "drunkness" than regular soda drinkers.

As it turned out, it sort of did.  Diet soda drinkers had higher levels of BrAC, or breath alcohol content, than those who drank regular soda.  (BrAC measures alcohol with a breathalyzer and is different than BAC, Blood Alcohol Content).  According to the BrAC measures, people seemed to have a higher BrAC reading when they were drinking diet drinks versus non-diet drinks.  However, the people in the study did not report feeling any differently or acting any differently.  So what does that mean?

Whatever someone chooses to drink, whether it's beer, liquor and soda, liquor and diet soda, or whatever-- what really counts is how much someone is drinking in how long a period of time.  Meaning, if someone is drinking 4 diet mixed drinks in an hour or 4 regular mixed drinks in an hour, that person is likely going to feel the effects of the alcohol either way (for better or worse).


Anonymous said...

This post is misleading. The interpretation of the self-reported "feelings" of participants fails to take into account the reasons behind the higher BrAC done in the studies; namely, the signals sent by sugar to the digestive system that help further break down alcohol.

Simply put, the effects of alcohol on a person's system are much more complex than just the amount of alcohol ingested over a period of time, and mixers do play a role.