Low-sugar mixers absorbed faster into blood stream

Alcoholic drinks with low-calorie rather than full-sugar mixers result in faster absorption of alcohol into the blood stream, Australian researchers say.

The findings suggest that opting for 'diet' mixers may not be as healthy as presumed.

Eight male volunteers drank vodka mixed with low-calorie orange juice that contained sweeteners for the first test, and vodka with a sucrose-containing orange drink for the second.

The time taken for half of the alcoholic drink to empty from the stomach was 21 minutes for the diet drink, compared with 36 minutes for that with the regular mixer, it was reported at Digestive Disease Week held in Los Angeles, California, last month.

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