If you like cocktails and you are a lover of mixtures of alcohol with carbonated drinks, you have surely been faced with the dilemma of enjoying its relaxing effect and its pleasant flavor and at the same time trying to control the calories you consume. As a solution, many of us have resorted to using diet sodas for cocktails, instead of regular cocktails, which have more calories and are sweetened with sugar or high fructose corn syrup. There is no doubt that this reduces the damage your drink can cause to your diet, but will it make you end up getting drunk faster? The answer seems to be yes.
Scientists at the University of Northern Kentucky conducted a small study of eight men and eight women who were given vodka with diet soda on one occasion, and then vodka with regular soda. The result was that those in the group with the diet soda mixes were 20% drunk and had slower reflexes. What happens, according to the study authors, is not that the sweeteners in diet sodas speed up the assimilation of alcohol, but that the sugar in regular soft drinks slows down the process.
But what is wrong with getting "happy" faster and cheaper? Well, that's where the purpose of the study makes sense, which aims to determine the factors that make people above or below the legal limit of alcohol in the blood to drive. Although the participants themselves did not report feeling more or less drunk, they had a higher BrAC level, the alcohol concentration measured by breath.
So, if you are going to party or happy hour and you are going to have alcoholic soda, do not order your drink with diet sodas, you could end up endangering your life.