Study: Diet cocktails can lead to quicker intoxication

Study: Diet cocktails can lead to quicker intoxication

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What you mix in your drink could be getting you drunker...faster, that's according to the results of a new study.

"If I'm going to drink a cocktail, probably margarita on the rocks," said bar patron, Adam Harlow.

Adam and his buddy Jacob Rocha may not be concerned with calories when they drink...but women are.

"We all drink sugar free red bull and Diet Coke," said 219 West bar patron, Beth Runnels.

Some new research shows having real sugar in your cocktail will actually keep you sober longer.

"If you have anything with sugar in it, it delays the emptying of your stomach and so the alcohol will stay in there," said Scott and White Round Rock Hospital Dr. Ross Tobleman.

Dr. Ross Tobleman says, scientifically, it makes sense.

"When you drink diet sodas, it doesn't delay that emptying of your stomach and the alcohol then goes into your small intestine where it's absorbed more rapidly into your system," Tobleman said.

The research finds people who drank alcohol with a diet mixer, had higher Breath Alcohol Concentrations compared to the same amount consumed with a sugar sweetened mixer.

Runnels said, "I fall right into the category. I have one right now actually, Skyy."

"I had no idea that a light drink would get you more drunk," said Harlow.

Rocha added, "Maybe I should do diet instead."

Tobleman said, "There is nothing in a diet soda or a diet drink that delays the gastric emptying because the body doesn't recognize that you're actually processing food or processing sugar because it's not something that we would normally eat."

"I'll also have to spread the word and let them know what they're really doing to their bodies," Runnels said.

One study found an 18 percent average increase in Breath Alcohol Concentrations when comparing the light mixers with real sugar versions.

Tobleman said, "This is early. This is interesting information, but it hasn't necessarily been validated to be true yet, it's just something to think about before you go out next Saturday night."

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