Updated on February 3rd, 2021 at 10:49 pm


Do you prefer regular or diet soda when ordering a cocktail?  While diet soda has zero calories, it can also raise your Breath Alcohol Concentration (BrAC).  The Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research journal published a recent study by Cecile A. Marczinski and Amy L. Stamates on the effects of regular vs. diet soda on breath alcohol concentrations.  The overall finding: diet soda increases breath alcohol readings for both men and women.

Determining the Effects of Diet Soda for a Wisconsin OWI

The participants drank vodka mixed with regular soda, vodka mixed with diet soda, and a placebo.  The participants had each drink in three separate sessions.  Each participant was given a Breathalyzer test and made self-assessments about how drunk they felt as well as their willingness to drive.  Overall, the BrAC readings were 18% higher when alcohol was mixed with a diet soda, but the participants rated no difference in drunkenness between either drink.

Arrested for a Wisconsin OWI

If you have been drinking diet mixers and have been arrested for a Wisconsin OWI, contact Wisconsin OWI Defense Attorney Nathan J. Dineen.  Attorney Dineen will fight your breath test result to get the best possible outcome for his clients.  Contact him at 877-384-6800 for a Free Case Review.