Monthly Archives: February 2013

Mixing Alcohol with Diet Soda May get You Drunker


Personally, I can’t stand the taste of diet soda. But if you’re anything like my fiancé, you’re probably mixing your alcohol with diet coke instead of regular coke as a way to compensate for the empty calories that the alcohol, itself, provides. A new study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research suggests that mixing alcohol with diet soda rather than regular soda may get you drunker. Continue reading

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DUIs Not on the Rise After Legalization of Marijuana in Washington


In November 2012, Washington voters passed Initiative 502 legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use. Opponents of the initiative argued that the law, if passed, would cause an increase in stoned driving and would then, in turn, cause an increase in DUIs. Continue reading

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When it Comes to Drinking, Men and Women are Not the Same


In my last post, I mentioned some of the factors that go into how fast someone’s body will absorb and eliminate alcohol. One of the factors is whether the drinker is male or female. Absorption and elimination of alcohol is different between males and females. This is true even if you have a male and female of the same height and weight who drink the same amount of alcohol. Continue reading

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One Drink Per Hour Rule


There are a number of preventative measures that a person can take to ensure that they remain sober enough to drive. Some are pure myth and some help but are not foolproof. One such strategy that people often use is the “One Drink Per Hour Rule.” Continue reading

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“Zero Tolerance” for Underage DUI


California has “zero tolerance” for underage drivers who are caught with any measurable amount of alcohol in their systems. This means that, unlike the standard of 0.08 percent blood alcohol content for drivers 21 years and older, drivers under the age of 21 are subject to legal consequences if they any measureable amount of alcohol in their system while driving. Continue reading

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