A recent study funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the U.S. National Institutes of Health found that people who had mixed drinks with sugar-free sodas experienced an 18% higher intoxication rate than people who mixed liquor with good old-fashioned sugar-sweetened pop.
At the same time, there was not a perceived awareness of being more drunk. Which means a person who's had a couple drinks with diet sodas is more likely to do something stupid, like get behind the wheel of a car. Swerve over the yellow line. Get pulled over by a cop. Tell the cop, "Sorry, S'officer, I only had (hic) two drinks ... honest (hic.)" Which means they're more likely to end up with a DUI charge. Or worse.
This all makes sense. Sugar is food (albeit not the healthiest). But it does have calories and carbs and the body recognizes it as food. Since food slows down the absorption of alcohol, the body digests the booze more slowly too. But diet drinks contain ... well ... lots of things nobody can pronounce without a chemistry degree. What they don't have are calories and carbs. Meaning, both liquor and soda pass very quickly through the stomach into the small intestine, resulting in a faster, higher spike in blood alcohol content.
So keep in mind -- you might look great in those super-tight sparkly leather jeans this weekend ... but if you're ordering diet pop with your drinks to fit into them ... get a friend to drive.
Or a cabbie.
Or the washroom attendant.
Or just about anyone, actually. Provided they can walk a straight line and don't appear to have a police record. It also helps if they own a car.
Source article @ CBCNews.ca