Think that you are being healthier by ordering a rum and diet coke instead
of just a plain rum and coke? If you are watching your waistline, then
you are on the right track. While the number on the scale might stay low,
the number that shows up on a breath test might be quite high.
A recent study measures the difference in breath alcohol concentration
levels among those who drank alcoholic drinks mixed with regular soda
and alcoholic drinks mixed with diet soda. The study indicates that those
who consumed the diet mixtures measured in with significantly higher BAC
levels than their sugar-loving counterparts.
Both men and women subjects participated in the study. The researchers
were consistent in giving the subjects drinks that made for effective
comparisons regarding gender and weight. The study, though limited in
its number of subjects, suggests that those who mix their drinks with
diet soda had BAC levels about 18 percent higher than those who drank
the same amount of alcohol but with sugar soda as a mixer.
This study begs for more research of this matter. Using blood tests to
measure BAC levels is more effective, for example. Still, the research
provides knowledge for those who want to avoid driving while impaired.
To more responsibly enjoy alcohol, perhaps it is best to indulge in some
regular soda for an evening.
The study also could suggest that breath tests continue to be unpredictable
and potentially unreliable sources of evidence. Our New Jersey criminal
defense lawyers know it is important to challenge a breath test when a
client is facing
drunk driving charges. Not only are the machines often unreliable, but the officers who administer
the tests can make mistakes when collecting the evidence.
Source: Fox News, "Diet or regular? Choice of alcohol mixer affects intoxication," Rachael Rettner, Feb. 6, 2013