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Liquor is Quicker!

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Remember that old Ogden Nash:

Candy is dandy
But liquor is quicker! ??????

Well, a short short in this morning's Toronto Globe and Mail cites research proving liquor is definitely quicker when mixed with a diet drink.

Rye and diet ginger ale?
Rum and diet Coke?
Vodka and diet cranberry?

Without a sugary mixer (and we want to avoid the calories in the mixer, and maybe are passing on the calorie-laden appetizers too) there's nothing to slow the absorption of the alcohol into the bloodstream.

But: that may push us over the legal limit for driving. One vodka with regular mixer results in average blood alcohol of .0777; but with diet beverage .091. Which is over .08, the legal limit for driving.

Hmmmm. I'm not much of a hard liquor person. But maybe even one gin with diet tonic in the summer after a golf game would be too many, if I'm driving home.

And of course the other issue: once I'm impaired the self-control is down . . . . and I'd be more inclined to order, say, those sweet potato fries. And maybe a basket of chicken wings?

It's beginning to look like the regular tonic is a better bet. Or maybe just the diet tonic without the gin?? Lots of lime wedges, though!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SHARON10002 2/17/2013 2:26PM

    This is interesting. I am a wine drinker, but do have an occasional mixed drink once in awhile.

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PAMLICO-DAZE 2/10/2013 3:04PM

I have cut out the drinking while dieting. But I am glad to know this because I really do not want to drink and get drunk. Just want to have a social cocktail with friends.

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TRYINGHARD1948 2/7/2013 3:50AM

    Well and truly our limit pf 0.05.

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PHEBESS 2/6/2013 7:19PM

    I saw that info in an article too!

I guess I'll just have to stick with champagne and someone else driving!

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CRYSTALJEM 2/6/2013 10:13AM

    I don't do diet drinks, but this is important info. I never realized this.

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NANCY- 2/6/2013 9:48AM

    It was interesting that they said it was the sugar that slowed it down... but it isn't even sugar anymore it's HFCS in most cases.

Water with lemon or lime works just fine.

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CARRAND 2/6/2013 9:40AM

    I seldom have more than a glass of wine or sherry. Even that can impair my judgment about what to eat. Interesting about the effects on blood alcohol levels.

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KANOE10 2/6/2013 9:03AM

    Good info on the diet drinks and alcohol affects. I may stick to wine also.

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KALIGIRL 2/6/2013 8:42AM

    here's to tonic (and lime) emoticon

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MEADSBAY 2/6/2013 8:37AM

    This is something I have-
noticed myself.
I try to stick with wine-
most of the time.

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SLENDERELLA61 2/6/2013 7:51AM

    I would never have thought the diet soda would affect the alcohol absorption. However, I generally much prefer to eat my calories than drink them, so I rarely imbibe. Nonetheless, I'll remember to drink less if It is mixed with diet soda. Thanks.

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CELIAMINER 2/6/2013 7:40AM

    emoticon Whoa, good info to know! Thanks for sharing the numbers. I used to rely on my bulk to justify a second drink ("Hey, I'm a big girl."), but now there's much less of me to deal with the alcohol.

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TRACYEH53 2/6/2013 7:37AM

    I notice that I begin to "graze" after a few drinks. I am cutting out the drinks for the most part. Except special occasions, which are rare in my life any more! emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/6/2013 7:25AM

    I gave up mixed drinks when I saw the number of calories in them. (I don't do artificial sweeteners, a personal choice). If I'm going to consume extra calories, I prefer something I can chew - like cheesecake.
Good information regarding impairment. I wouldn't have thought of that.
Thanks for posting this.

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SANDYCRANE 2/6/2013 7:15AM

    I saw this on the news today also. Although I do not drink, I worry about my daughter in college who just turned 21.


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