Monday night, I cut a hole in a watermelon, jammed in a bottle of Stolichnaya, and let the vodka slowly seep into the watermelon and permeate the sweetness inside. Yesterday, on the fourth of July, we ate some of that bad boy. Oh yeah.
It's a known fact that many things that taste good are bad for you. Hence, knocking back a favorite libation sweetened with calorie-free syrups, sodas or flavorings is standard operating procedure for most dieters. But according to a group of Australian researchers (and eight tipsy guys), booze mixed with artificial sweeteners is a recipe for rapid intoxication.
They say that like it's a bad thing.
During the study, "subjects" downed a 478-calorie orange-flavored vodka concoction on day one. The second day, they boozed on the same amount of alcohol coupled with a diet mixer containing only 225 calories. When researchers measured the rate of stomach emptying, they found that when stomachs were filled with diet-alcohol concoctions, they emptied in 15.3 minutes compared with 21.1 minutes for the sugar-sweetened elixir. Peak blood alcohol concentration was also significantly higher with the diet drink than the sugar-sweetened variety. …
Neat. That means that if I make my [in]famous punch with diet soda, it'll be even more powerful! Bwahahahahahaha!!!
¹Q found this article. It doesn't help her much, since she can't take artificial sweeteners.