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Mixing Alcohol with Artificial Sweeteners May Make Your BAC "Artificially High"

Think about this the next time that you order a whiskey and Diet Coke: New research proposes that alcohol consumed with beverages containing artificial sweeteners, such as diet sodas, results in a higher breath-alcohol content (BAC) than if consumed with beverages containing sugar sweetener. The researchers hypothesize that the stomach takes longer to break down sugar (as opposed to artificial sweeteners), thus collaterally slowing the absorption of the alcohol consumed along with the sugar-sweetened drink.The new research was authored by Cecile Marczinski, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky. The study consisted of 16 participants who were split into three groups. Members of the first group each received a vodka-Squirt drink; members of the second group each received a vodka-Diet Squirt drink; and members of the third group each received a placebo. The results indicated that BAC levels were 18% higher in the vodka-Diet Squirt group than in the other groups.

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