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If You Booze (With Diet Mixers,) You Lose

February 26, 2013 by admin

 

By Chris Ceglecki
 
     Calorie counters beware! Alcohol that is stirred together with diet mixers or chasers strengthens the effects of the alcohol.
     Cecile Marczinski, a psychological science professor at Northern Kentucky University, found through research that diet drinks may increase the blood alcohol content more than high calorie drinks. 
     Consequently, partygoers who use diet mixers could feel more intoxicated than those who do not.
     “I didn’t know that about diet mixers or chasers, but now I guess I’m going to have to use more of it,” said Courtney Rago, a 19-yearold, third-semester theatre and psychology major from Howell.
     An online study done by Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, asked eight males and eight females to attend two experimental sessions. At one session, the guys and girls were asked to drink vodka mixed with regular soda. At the other, they were given vodka mixed with diet soda.
     Following the equivalent of about four bar drinks, the alcohol mixed with regular soda resulted in a reading of about a 0.077 blood alcohol level. However for diet drinkers, the participant’s blood alcohol levels peaked at 0.091.
     “It would make sense that you feel like you would be more drunk because it’s not as sweet and there is no sugar,” said Erin Wolf, a 20-year-old, fourth-semester psychology major from Freehold.
     Blood alcohol content is affected by many factors such as food in the stomach, which may lower a person’s blood alcohol content, and factors such as age, height and weight. Now, scientists can add diet beverages to the list of contributions. 
     “I didn’t know that about the chasers, but I usually pick them out at random so it’s not really going to change the way I drink,” said Carlo Salvetti, a 21-year-old, third-semester 
criminal justice major from Freehold.
     People believe that cutting calories is important, but when you are drinking alcohol, calories actually help slow down the release of alcohol to your liver and brain, Marczinski said.
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