Mixing alcohol and diet soda can lead to increased breath alcohol concentration, suggests a new study.
Researchers found people who drank vodka mixed with diet soda had higher breath alcohol levels, compared with those who drank vodka mixed with regular soda, according to Reuters.
The findings appear in Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
The study included 10 men and 10 men ages 21 to 30. They drank five different mixed beverage combinations over five sessions. The drinks contained varying amounts of vodka, and either diet or regular soda. The researchers then measured alcohol levels in participants’ breath for three hours.