Have a sugary drink with alcohol to prevent drunkenness?

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This one is a Give Me a Break post if there ever was one. Reports abound about a new study that suggests that mixing alcohol with diet drinks can make you drunker than if you have a sugar-laden soft drink as a mixer.

The research assessed blood alcohol levels following the consumption of an alcoholic beverage containing an artificially-sweetened beverage versus one with a sugar-sweetened one and found that the blood alcohol readings were higher with the diet drinks.

Using this thinking you should also avoids drinks such scotch on the rocks as the lack of sugar could lead to elevated blood alcohol levels.

How about having some food with your alcohol instead of sugar? A small portion of nuts (try my Glazed Spicy Almonds), a healthy dip such as hummus with veggie sticks or whole grain pita or some yummy guacamole with baked tortilla chips all fit the bill.

Go for a rum and cola instead? I don’t think so.

Do you have any thoughts about the reporting of studies such as this? Please share your thoughts below.

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Categories: Rosie's Rants

Author:Rosie Schwartz

Rosie Schwartz is a Toronto-based consulting dietitian and writer.

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2 Comments on “Have a sugary drink with alcohol to prevent drunkenness?”

  1. Paula
    February 7, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    Boy -even drinking is becoming complicated -glad I am a white wine drinker-but as the saying goes “everything in moderation” -thanks for your common sense…very refreshing……..!!

  2. February 7, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    Thanks, Paula- both for your comment and your feedback! Take note, though, if you’re drinking dry wine, then as with any plain alcoholic beverage, having some eats alongside would be wise.

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