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Diet Soda More Potent Than Regular Soda When Mixed with Alcohol

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2,597 people were killed in United States traffic accidents in December 2010. Of those, 775 deaths involved alcohol-impaired drivers.


Georgia's Driving Under the Influence Laws are complex. Clayton County DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.


Georgia drinkers may not realize that their "healthy" decision to switch to mixing alcohol with diet soda rather than regular soda increases their blood alcohol concentration (BAC).


According to a study in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, alcohol mixed with diet soda may be more potent than the same amount of alcohol when mixed with regular soda. Researchers tested the alcohol levels in one group of participants who drank vodka mixed with diet soda and another group of participants who drank vodka mixed with regular soda. Researchers compared the breath test results of both groups and noted that though both groups drank the same amount of alcohol, participants who mixed the alcohol with diet drinks had higher levels of alcohol in their systems compared to those who mixed alcohol with regular soda.


Georgia drunk driving accident victims face a life-altering sentence following the accident, one potentially filled with pain, fear, nightmares and other challenges. The DUI driver faces legal penalties as a result of the decision to drive while impaired: financial penalties, jail and other punishments.


If you have questions about Georgia DUI laws, get the answers in Clayton County DUI injury attorney Shane Smith's book, I Was Hit By a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next? Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation at (770) 487-8999.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia