Artificial sweeteners speed alcohol into blood

By Lunar Loops · May 25, 2006 · ·
  1. Lunar Loops
    So alcopops really do go pop. This from Reuters Health:

    Tuesday, May 23, 2006

    By Martha Kerr
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters Health) - Alcoholic drinks made with artificial sweeteners lead to a high rate of alcohol absorption, resulting in a greater blood alcohol peak and concentration than from drinks made with sugar-based mixers.
    The reason, Australian investigators told attendees here at Digestive Disease Week 2006, is the accelerated emptying of the stomach caused by artificial sweetening agents.
    Dr. Chris Rayner and colleagues at Royal Adelaide Hospital studied eight healthy male volunteers. On one day, the subjects consumed an orange-flavored vodka drink made from alcohol and a mixer sweetened with sugar containing 478 calories. On the second day, the men drank the same amount of alcohol with a diet mixer containing 225 calories.
    The researchers measured the rate of stomach emptying using ultrasound technology. Blood samples were also taken at 30-minute intervals for three hours.
    The stomach had emptied half of its contents in 15.3 minutes after the diet drink and 21.1 minutes with the sugar-sweetened drink.
    The peak blood alcohol concentration was significantly higher with the diet drink than with the regular drink. The blood alcohol concentration was also higher with the artificial sweetener than with the sugar-sweetened drink.
    "It was surprising how much of a difference the artificial sweetener made," Rayner commented during his presentation.
    "People tend to consume more because of the lower calorie content," he told Reuters Health. "These drinks also tend to be consumed at times other than meal times, when food would slow gastric emptying."
    The findings have public health significance, Rayner said. He recommends that product labeling include information on the intoxicating qualities of artificially sweetened alcoholic drinks. There could be legal implications for those driving home, as well, he noted.

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  1. RunRedFox
    sorbitol and mannitol which are artificial sweeteners are also a common cutting agent in cocaine since they can increase uptake through the blood brain barrier. just an interesting tidbit.
  2. IHrtHalucingens
    SWIM can vouch for the artificial sugars speeding up the absorbtion of alcohol. After reading this article he tried it the next weekend with promising results. He didnt expect it to make a huge difference but it did. SWIM took ~12 double shots of 50% alcohol vodka with diet pepsi as a chaser, which because of a high tolerance and fast metabolism usually proves to be a mild experience, but not this time. He was absolutely shit faced within 30 mins. He was completely incapacitated, he could barely walk and definately couldnt talk. Luckily his girlfriend was there to take care of SWIM and put him to bed, because he would have wondered around until passing out and woken up in some random place. And good thing SWIMs girlfriend is understanding because he didnt recognize her as his girlfriend and she tried to kiss him and he pushed her away and called her a slut lol. It also seems to increase the likelyhood of blackouts because hes only blacked out once before, after stupidly high amount of alcohol, and he remembers nothing of this night with the artificial sugar chaser, just what his girlfriend tells him.

    So moral of the story be careful when doing this as it DOES work, very well, and can cause problems if you dont have someone there to walth out for you.
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