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Study—Alcohol Mixed with Diet Soda More Potent than When Mixed with Regular Soda

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2,597 people were killed in United States traffic accidents in December 2010. Of those, 775 deaths involved alcohol-impaired drivers. A 2006 study by the NHTSA estimated that there is one drunk driving fatality in the United States every 30 minutes.


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.


According to a recent study that was published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, alcohol mixed with diet soda may be more potent than when alcohol is mixed with regular soda. It is believed that the sugar content in regular soda may reduce the immediate potency of consumed alcohol.


Researchers tested alcohol levels of one group who consumed vodka mixed with diet soda and another group who consumed vodka mixed with regular soda. Participants were then administered alcohol breath tests. Despite consuming the same amount of alcohol as the other group, those whose alcohol was mixed with diet soda consistently had higher alcohol levels in their systems.


Georgia has a zero tolerance law for underage drinking and driving. Though the illegal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for drivers over 21 years old is 0.08 percent, drivers under 21 can be charged with DUI with a BAC of 0.02 percent. Teen drivers can be charged with DUI in a minor accident if a chemical test indicates that they have a small amount of alcohol in their system. 

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.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia