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Diet Soda Worse For You Than Regular Soda As A Mixer?

Discussion in 'Alcohol' started by OhioTom76, Sep 18, 2015.

  1. OhioTom76

    OhioTom76 Senior Contributor

    A couple of years ago, a study concluded that diet sodas can actually cause you to get drunker much faster than consuming regular sugar based sodas. You can read more about it in the article below from NPR:

    This recently caught my attention again, since I stopped drinking diet sodas a few years ago. In fact I pretty much stopped drinking all sodas on a regular basis. The only times I drink them now is as a mixer when I am drinking cocktails. Since I was the only one in my household who even drank diet sodas, the only soda available in our fridge is the plain old sugar based stuff.

    Recently, I did grab a couple one liters of diet soda to go along with my cocktails after a couple years of not drinking them. I was really shocked at how noticeably drunker I was getting, more rapidly. After my second drink I was already very noticeably tipsy. I quickly went back to using regular soda, and my buzz mellowed out much more to what I am used to.

    Has anyone else noticed this difference when drinking?
  2. missbishi

    missbishi Community Champion

    I only really drink beer so I wouldn't know but I've read a similar study to this before. The researcher makes a good point about whether the diet soda is enough to push you over the legal limit for driving, this is definitely something that should be investigated further.
  3. SLTE

    SLTE Community Champion

    Huh. I never would've considered that, but I suppose it makes sense. Who would've imagined sugar would somehow prove to be a good thing, considering how much it's demonized these days.

    Diet sodas aren't that great an idea anyway. As far as I've read they just use substitute chemicals that are no better for your body than sugar. They also taste nasty. I think so, anyway.
  4. Ali16

    Ali16 Senior Contributor

    I don't know about making you more drunk, but I've always believed diet soda isn't really any better for you than regular soda. There have been studies saying it actually makes you gain more weight and that the fake sugar is possibly dangerous for you. I'll put my two cents in this way - how often do you see skinny people drinking diet coke?
  5. BrandonA

    BrandonA Active Contributor

    I had two shots of Barq's with 151 Bacardi as my first alcohol. Got a nice buzz even off that. Maybe it's true, but it's an awful small sample size (no pun intended).
  6. dyanmarie25

    dyanmarie25 Community Champion

    I have also stumbled across a similar article before. But yeah, just because it is called a diet soda doesn't mean it is already much healthier for people's consumption. I don't really see its difference from regular soda.
  7. bsthebenster

    bsthebenster Community Champion

    Wow good to know. It never heard of that before. I wonder how this study will effect laws in the future. Someday there might be a law againced mixing diet soda and alcohol, paticularly with driving.
  8. vegito12

    vegito12 Community Champion

    I reckon they can be worse as they may have less sugar and can be bad for the health and also it can be a drink, which is not good on a regular basis and need to be aware of it, as the drink can have more sugar in it and not nice for the body. A person can be easily addicted to it and not think of the health and also need to be aware of what can happen if they land up in hospital, and have long hospital stays which can be worse. I think that people need to be aware of what can happen to the body as the sugar level can be high, and also the person may suffer from too much sugar in the body.
  9. Nergaahl

    Nergaahl Community Champion

    Interesting article you got there, thank you for sharing! I remember that at a party I mixed Jagermeister with beer and orange juice. I hate parties so I had to find something to do, and I put my "evil genius" at work. It tasted nice though, and I didn't feel a single buzz from it.
  10. henry

    henry Community Champion

    Well, I really can't say anything about it because I usually don't mix my drinks, and if I do, it has to be with something that has no sugar. Sweet drinks always make me want to stop drinking after a couple of drinks. Gets my mouth sticky. But I really don't know if you get drunk faster mixing. It's true you drink faster if the drink doesn't taste so bad, and drinking faster means getting drunk faster.
  11. juno

    juno Community Champion

    This is really interesting to know. I drink diet soda all the time. Does that mean if I have a diet soda and then order a drink, the combination may allow me to get drunk faster even if I wasn't mixing a drink with the soda itself? That is something to ponder on.
  12. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    Interesting to know that even I have not experienced drinking sodas or diet sodas with alcohol. Those who usually do and drink this kind of mix should be aware of this. This can be a useful information.
  13. FuZyOn

    FuZyOn Community Champion

    Never thought sugar had that big of an impact in terms of drunkness, but I guess it's logical in a way. I used to mix sodas with a couple of my drinks as well when I was drinking, but never noticed the difference. I guess it didn't matter since I always got drunk anyway.
  14. xTinx

    xTinx Community Champion

    I personally have no experience of that sort. When I drink cocktails, I don't drink soda at the same time. I don't really see the point of mixing two distinct drinks together. Wouldn't it just ruin the taste? Besides, you're already faced with two unhealthy beverages. If you want to stay alive a little longer, then better choose one. I'd rather mix cocktail with fruit juice or some other non-carbonated drink. It reduces the likelihood of getting drunk.
  15. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    I had no idea diet sodas were that bad. I had heard they are so bad for your health in general, specially the liver and pancreas, but I had never heard they help you get drunk faster. That explains a lot things! But it's kinda funny that people who like to drink cocktails feel like using diet soda... I mean, the cocktail itself has so much sugar already! Isn't like the person is going to save herself form consuming a load of sugar and calories... just a tiny bit, but no big deal really.
  16. kassie1234

    kassie1234 Community Champion

    I can't say I noticed any difference but that could very well be because I just wasn't paying attention to an interplay, or putting it down to other factors (such as how much I'd eaten, if I was taking any sort of medication, things like that).

    It's certainly something to be mindful of, though - I don't drink anymore but it's something I will be letting others know about.
  17. lexinonomous

    lexinonomous Community Champion

    Wow, this isn't something I've ever thought of. The article is interesting. I am actually super surprised that someone would even think to compare the two.
  18. brookeemily

    brookeemily Active Contributor

    I've never thought about this before - it is really interesting. I think it is safe to just conclude that diet sodas are not good in general. They have a lot of harmful chemicals so they aren't good to drink, even on their own. This is a really interesting article, I'm excited to share it with friends!
  19. Mara

    Mara Community Champion

    I used to do it all the time, mix alcohol and soda. But I never noticed if I get more drunk with combining diet soda and alcohol, than regular soda and alcohol. I was too young and stupid to care. Now, those days are gone. I only drink on special occasions. But I guess, I'll just stick to a glass of wine and not go near any alcoholic beverage that has soda in it.
  20. Joethefirst

    Joethefirst Community Champion

    I'm glad you brought this up, I experienced the same thing when mixing soda with wine. I automatically assumed that the wine had a greater amount of alcohol content then usual. I don't really like the taste of diet soda, so one more reason not to buy it.