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Mixing Alcohol With Diet Soda May Make You Drunker
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Posted on 02/06/2013 1:36:03 PM PST by SMGFan

Looking to cut back on the calories in your cocktail by mixing, say, diet soda and rum? Well, get ready for the buzz.

According to the results of a new study, this combination will leave you drunker than if you'd mixed the liquor with a sugary, caloric mixer.

"Alcohol, consumed with a diet mixer, results in higher (BrAC) Breath Alcohol Concentrations as compared to the same amount of alcohol consumed with a sugar-sweetened mixer," says Cecile Marczinski, a cognitive psychologist who authored the new study.

Why? Turns out that sugar slows down the absorption of alcohol from the stomach to the bloodstream.

(Excerpt) Read more at npr.org ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: alcohol; foodnazis; neoprohibition; sugar
Well, if you are drinking to get drunk anyway... /s
1 posted on 02/06/2013 1:36:07 PM PST by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

So you trade calories for drunkenness. Why is this article written in the debunking style?


2 posted on 02/06/2013 1:41:26 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: SMGFan

Badly written headline or one given to showing a self evident truth. If one doesn’t mix alcohol with one’s diet soda, it would be extremely rare for the diet soda to make one drunk at all.


3 posted on 02/06/2013 1:43:06 PM PST by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: SMGFan

Umm....might make HER drunker. An isn’t that the point I’m after ?


4 posted on 02/06/2013 1:44:55 PM PST by Newbomb Turk (Hey Newbomb, where's your brothers ElCamino ?)
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To: SMGFan

Why didn’t someone tell me this, way back in my college days? Think of the money I could have saved!


5 posted on 02/06/2013 1:46:46 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Hieronymus

Barney wrote it or Burt.


6 posted on 02/06/2013 1:48:11 PM PST by boomop1 (term limits will only save this country.)
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To: SMGFan

Well, I’m not as think as you drunk I am.


7 posted on 02/06/2013 1:49:43 PM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: SMGFan

Which then leads to the mating call of the sorority members, “Aaahhhhmm sooo drunk”.


8 posted on 02/06/2013 1:55:59 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: SMGFan

I’m not mixing good liquor (Elisha Craig 12 yo bourbon) with any soda. But if I was I certainly wouldn’t make it even worse using diet (gag) soda.

I remember when they thought alcohol with Gatorade would get you fried faster. Or how about the beer through a straw urban legend?


9 posted on 02/06/2013 1:57:57 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

We used to have Malt Liquor on tap for all sorority functions. Just in case.


10 posted on 02/06/2013 2:01:38 PM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: Newbomb Turk
Liquid panty remover...........


11 posted on 02/06/2013 2:03:13 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: SMGFan

I use zero calorie ice cubes only. I get less drunk when I add zero calorie Coke? Is it just me or is there a dilution factor missing?


12 posted on 02/06/2013 2:03:58 PM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: SMGFan

I completely reject this story.

I’ve done very, VERY scientific studies showing how I don’t get any different results while drinking, yet get drastically different hangover results. I remember getting blasted once after changing over to diet mixers (Jim Beam and Diet Coke specifically, better known as “Beamers”), and I was all, like, “weren’t we drinking last night?” We had to test this theory repeatedly, but the results were the same. They were all like, alike. Sugared mixers lead to deadly hangovers, and diet mixers makes you wonder if you even had a drink the night before.


13 posted on 02/06/2013 2:08:56 PM PST by Big Giant Head
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To: ChildOfThe60s
I remember when they thought alcohol with Gatorade would get you fried faster. Or how about the beer through a straw urban legend?

The shot glass of beer every 30 seconds was effective.

14 posted on 02/06/2013 2:11:02 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
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To: SMGFan

This may be why women in general seem to instinctively prefer girly drinks that are all sugared up.


15 posted on 02/06/2013 2:11:23 PM PST by Valpal1
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

Q: What’s a sorority girl’s mating call?
A: “I’m so drunk...”

Q: What’s an ugly sorority girl’s mating call?
A: “I SAID... I’m so drunk!”


16 posted on 02/06/2013 2:13:43 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers ("I'm not anti-anything, I just wanna be free." - Mike Muir)
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To: SMGFan

You could leave out the cola all together.


17 posted on 02/06/2013 2:27:32 PM PST by skinndogNN
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To: Tublecane
Why is this article written in the debunking style?

A woman should always know what she's putting in her body and any possible health effects. Unless it is a thirteen year old taking the morning-after pill or paying for an abortion at Planned Parenthood...

18 posted on 02/06/2013 2:39:40 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: SMGFan

Does it really make you more drunk or does the diet soda just screw with the works of the breathalyzer device? Seems a bit vague.


19 posted on 02/06/2013 2:45:44 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: showme_the_Glory

Here! Here! I second that motion and drink to it.


20 posted on 02/06/2013 3:02:16 PM PST by Patriot365
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To: SMGFan

You don’t expect me to just take yer word for it, do you?


21 posted on 02/06/2013 3:06:33 PM PST by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: SMGFan

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22 posted on 02/06/2013 3:07:35 PM PST by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: SMGFan

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23 posted on 02/06/2013 3:07:50 PM PST by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: SMGFan

Hey it’s 4:00 pm in southern Utah....And Mark Levin is on in four minutes.

Mixing up a vodka and a touch of Peach Nectar. You heard that correctly. A nectar martini.

Three hours of easy listening.


24 posted on 02/06/2013 3:13:56 PM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: SMGFan

Only amateurs and predators use mixers.


25 posted on 02/06/2013 3:23:45 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: skinndogNN

Yup. I almost never mix my booze with anything, except ice cubes.


26 posted on 02/06/2013 3:32:23 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers ("I'm not anti-anything, I just wanna be free." - Mike Muir)
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To: SMGFan

Then add the Mentos when you’re ready for projectile vomiting.


27 posted on 02/06/2013 3:54:25 PM PST by Disambiguator
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To: Newbomb Turk

Yup, just like the warnings in chemistry books and on product warning labels. Caution! Mixing A with B can be explosive.... hmmm, that might almost be a recipe for a bomb disguised as a warning.


28 posted on 02/06/2013 4:08:59 PM PST by Dutch Boy
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To: SMGFan
Well, if you are drinking to get drunk anyway...

And, truth be known, why else would you drink?

29 posted on 02/06/2013 4:31:33 PM PST by BfloGuy (Money, like chocolate on a hot oven, was melting in the pockets of the people.)
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To: SMGFan
The dimension of time is missing from this report. We're told that diet drinks make you 18% drunker than sugary drinks. We're not told when those measurements were taken. It's not likely that the BAC was measured immediately after the drink. The alcohol needs some time to get into the blood stream.

Let's assume they measure the BAC one hour after drinking & at that time the BAC is higher if you used a diet mixer. It stands to reason that, at some point, the BAC is going to be lower, if you had a diet drink. The article does say that the sugar simply slows down the absorption of the alcohol. Therefore, at some point, the BAC resulting from the diet mixer, and the BAC resulting from using a sugary mixer would be identical. After that point, the diet mixer would leave you less drunk than the drinking booze with a sugary mixer.

IOW, if you want a sustained drunk -- use a sugary mixer. If you want to get drunk and sober up quickly -- use a diet mixer. If you want to sober up, after a party, so you can drive home (or so you can have a quick shave, and go to work right after the party) - use diet mixers.
30 posted on 02/07/2013 2:52:09 AM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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