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Diet soda and alcohol dangers

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CNN- Mixing liquor with *diet* soda may save some calories but it could leave you more intoxicated.  It's no secret soda can add to your waistline, that's why many drinkers choose to mix alcohol with a diet soda instead.

Alcohol with regular soda and alcohol with diet soda may look the same.. But according to a new small study the way they impact your brain is very different.

What researchers at Northern Kentucky University saw was that when you mix alcohol with a diet soft drink, you achieve a higher blood alcohol concentration than you would with a regular soft drink mixer.

Researchers conducted the study by having college students drink about four vodka drinks with regular soda. They waited 40 minutes, gave them a breathalyzer test, and they passed it.

But then on a different day, they had those students drink about the same drinks, but this time with diet soda.

So they saved 132 calories but they failed the breathalyzer test.

Researchers say that's because they were drinking diet soda it was as if they were getting an extra shot glass of alcohol.

The diet drinkers didn't realize they were more drunk - but tests showed their responses were indeed more impaired.

Doctors say there's no sugar in the diet drink so it goes through the stomach a lot faster. The diet mixture fast forwards the digestion process of sending the alcohol into the bloodstream.

So in other words, without the sugar, the alcohol goes to your head, faster.

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