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Study: Alcohol mixed with diet soda may be dangerously potent

College students and other residents in Athens, Georgia, may know their limits when it comes to drinking alcohol. But folks who are considering switching to drinking alcohol with diet soda instead of regular soda in an effort to cut calories may want to pay close attention to a new study.

According to a new study that was published earlier this month in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, alcohol mixed with diet soda may be more potent than the same amount of alcohol that is ingested when mixed with regular soda. Those who make the switch from drinking alcohol mixed with regular soda to alcohol mixed with diet soda may not realize that their drinks may be more potent than other drinks.

Researchers have noted that the study was very small. But the results of the study are concerning.

For the study, researchers tested alcohol levels of one group of participants who drank vodka mixed with diet soda and another group of participants who drank vodka mixed with regular soda. Researchers compared the breath test results of both groups and discovered that even though both groups drank the same amount of alcohol, participants who drank diet drinks had higher levels of alcohol in their systems compared to those who drank alcohol mixed with regular soda.

Driving while under the influence of alcohol is very dangerous and illegal, but in some situations, folks may truly not realize just how much a small amount of alcohol may affect their ability to drive. As the recent study suggests, alcohol mixed with diet soda may be more potent than alcohol mixed with regular soda, and some people may not be aware of this potential effect.

To ensure that one's rights remain protected after a DUI arrest, and to build the best defense possible, folks will want to consider consulting an attorney who understands the consequences of a DUI arrest and how to aggressively protect the rights and reputations of those who have been accused of DUI.

Source: CNN Health, "Alcohol and diet soda may be a bad mix," Leslie Wade, Feb. 5, 2013

  • Our Athens, Georgia, firm provides counsel to those who have been charged with drunk driving and other alcohol-related offenses. To learn more about our firm and practice, please visit our firm's page on defending DUI charges in Georgia.