Diet Mixers Increase Alcohol Absorption

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 pm — Filed under:

If you are mixing your alcohol with diet sodas instead of sugary ones, you might be getting a little more tipsy than your non-dieting friends. According to an Australian study, artificial sweeteners increase the absorption of alcohol in the system.

They weren’t just testing how drunk the participants felt, the blood alcohol was tested and these were their findings:

“The peak blood alcohol concentration was significantly higher with the diet drink than with the regular drink. The blood alcohol concentration was also higher with the artificial sweetener than with the sugar-sweetened drink.”

Most diets recommend that you limit your alcohol consumption, but if you do decide to imbibe, make sure you have it with club soda to avoid the sugar AND the increased alcohol absorption from artificial sweetners.

Via: Diet mixers increase alcohol absorption – Slashfood


2 Responses to “Diet Mixers Increase Alcohol Absorption”

  1. vh Says:

    Some of those drinks are very high calorie in themselves. I am glad I don’t drink

  2. David T Says:

    I am currently a pharmacist and came upon sites claiming that diet pop increases the abosorbtion of alcohol. All the sites I have found refernce the same study done in Australia that seems to be the all determining factor. Is there any other evidence that you know of to support this?

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