ATLANTA (February 5, 2013) — The article “Artificial Sweeteners Versus Regular Mixers Increase Breath Alcohol Concentrations in Male and Female Social Drinkers” contains some serious limitations Although researchers reported a difference in some measures of intoxication for those consuming sugar-sweetened beverages with alcohol versus those consuming artificial-sweetened beverages with alcohol, for a number of measures, for two of the performance tasks and intoxication ratings, no differences between the two groups were observed. People should continue to exercise caution when consuming alcohol.
The study has several flaws, including:
Low-calorie sweeteners can be a simple and effective way to reduce calories and assist with weight management. However, optimal health and well-being involves many factors, such as healthful eating habits, exercise, and moderation of alcohol use.