Mixing alcohol with diet drinks increases drunkenness

Just as drinking on a full stomach keeps breath alcohol concentrations down, so does the sugar in soft drink, an experiment suggests.

In a sample of 16 young people described as ‘social drinkers’, US researchers had them drink various combinations of mixed drinks in three separate sessions.

Overall they found an 18% increase in breath alcohol concentrations with the consumption of mixed drinks containing the artificial sweetener aspartame as compared to regular soft drink.

“The subjects were unaware of this difference, as measured by various subjective ratings including feelings of