Less calories! Bigger buzz!
Mixing alcohol with diet soda or other artificial sweeteners could make you more intoxicated. Many of those diet and energy beverages are loaded with unpronounceable chemicals and when combined with your favorite alcoholic beverage that can raise your breath-alcohol-content (BAC). This information is in a new study by the Society on Alcoholism.
Research abstract found here: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
The research needs more work because the study only involved sixteen (16) young men and women who consider themselves to be social drinkers. (Survey sample is too small.) Also, vodka was the principle alcohol used in the research and only one brand of soda was used. (Again, sample too small.)
Over the course of three different drinking sessions, the 16 monkeys (test subjects) were given either a placebo drink, a diet Squirt with vodka, or a full-sugar Squirt with vodka. (Maybe it was Squirt that makes you more intoxicated?) The dose of vodka was calibrated to each participant’s weight and gender to put them close to the .08 legal limit for drinking, which is the equivalent of drinking four beers in an hour. (Do you think the placebo drink faked the BAC machines?)
If you want to read more about this "let's jump to conclusions with insufficient data" report then go here: http://healthland.time.com/2013/02/06/diet-soda-mixers-can-lead-to-quicker-intoxication/#ixzz2KCm0CXX8
In the above USAToday video, the talking heads mention 'acute alcohol intoxication' which is another way of saying 'getting drunk fast' or 'quicker to alcohol poisoning.'
It is an interesting thought that artificial sweeteners can increase intoxication or get you drunk faster. Obviously more studies need to be conducted. Either way, if you're going to be pounding down the drinks, please be safe and responsible. With or without artificial sweeteners get a cab if you are intoxicated.