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Can adding mixers to drinks get you drunk faster?

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There are lots of myths concerning grape and grain, but does mixing up your alcohol consumption really get you more drunk?

Asked by: Anonymous


It certainly can if you’re gulping down liquid with a higher average alcohol content. But mixing strong drinks with carbonated mixers can also accelerate the speed of intoxication.

Researchers at the University of Manchester compared the rate of alcohol absorption among people given neat vodka with those taking vodka diluted to half-strength using a carbonated mixer. Surprisingly, two-thirds absorbed the alcohol significantly faster when given with the carbonated drink than with the straight variety, reaching a peak alcohol concentration around 10 minutes sooner.

Even more surprisingly, the same effect was seen when the alcohol was diluted with plain water. Why this should be is a mystery.

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