How is Light Beer Light? Sugar & Drunkenness

By Mary Ann

Today’s college students are finding new ways to get drunk faster. Whether its drinking a beer with a straw to chugging sugary alcoholic drinks. But you should always watch your alcohol intake and the excessive drinking will always increase your blood alcohol content.

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How is Light Beer LIGHT? Sugar & Drunkenness

Talk to any college student and you’ll hear a number of ways to get drunk faster, ranging from drinking your beer with a straw to chugging sugary mixed drinks. While some of these have absolutely no scientific proof, sugar certainly has its place when it comes to intoxication. But even drinking a light beer or diet mixed drink might not save you from a hangover and you should still monitor your alcohol intake.

Do Sweet Drinks Really Get You Drunk Faster?
This is where we dive into the science. Let’s take a look at how sugar and sweet drinks can affect your night out.

  • Carbonation may get you drunk faster
  • Technically, carbonated drinks may speed up the absorption of alcohol, so a rum and Coke may get you drunk faster than just a shot of rum.
  • Most carbonated drinks are sweet, but even a diet Coke may speed the process up.
  • Sweet drinks go down faster
  • Mixed or sweet drinks can be easier to drink than straight alcohol.
  • You may not notice the amount of alcohol that you’re drinking when you down several vodka cranberries, as opposed to doing shots.
  • Sugar slows the alcohol
  • Sugar in alcoholic drinks slows the digestive process and prevents the alcohol from moving into the small intestine as quickly, where it will be absorbed faster.
  • Be aware that drinking sweet drinks may make you feel less intoxicated in the beginning, but it will hit later.

Other Factors in Intoxication
The actual drinks aren’t the only factor when it comes to intoxication. You actually have a number of things to consider:

  • Gender
  • Women tend to be smaller than men and to have more fat, so the same drinks will usually result in a higher concentration of alcohol in the bloodstream of a female than in a male.
  • Body Size
  • The larger you are, the more blood you have, which means alcohol is more diluted in larger
  • Genetics
  • It would appear that different races absorb alcohol at different rates, so your genes may affect how drunk you get.
  • Age
  • Older and younger people seem to take longer to get drunk because their bodies may process alcohol slower.

Diet or Light Drinks
Most diet drinks are simply low-caloric forms of the regular ones. In the case of diet soda, which is frequently used in mixed drinks for those trying to watch their weight, the sugar is replaced by aspertame or sucralose, which have virtually no calories.

  • Drinks made with diet sodas still have calories from the alcohol.
  • Diet mixed drinks made with carbonated liquid may boost intoxication.

The Making of Light Beer
Light beer is legally defined as having 20% fewer calories than regular beer. This will vary from brewery to brewery, depending on how many calories they usually have in their beer. Rumors circulate about breweries simply adding water to their regular beer to make it light, but in most cases, it’s a little more complicated.

  • Light beers tend to have .5% less alcohol.
  • Some light beers are brewed to have a higher alcohol level, then diluted to reach the correct balance.
  • This method is more efficient because you can brew 10,000 barrels and get 13,000 barrels worth of light beer.
  • This is done by using rice or other grains that will ferment better, creating a higher alcohol content and turning more sugars into alcohol.
  • Some breweries simply add less “fuel” during the fermentation process, resulting in fewer carbs, and therefore fewer calories.
  • There are 1,545 breweries in the U.S.
  • That’s more breweries than any other country in the world.

Alcohol is always going to contain some calories, so it’s up to you to decide just how many are acceptable. Remember that sugary drinks can still make you drunk, though it may take longer, while carbonation may cause the alcohol to affect you sooner. Always note how much alcohol you are drinking, no matter how you feel and never drink and drive.

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University Requires Class in Alcohol Education

By admin

Kansas University will be adding another requirement this year for some students. New students under the age of 22 will be required to take a two hour course on the affects and dangers of alcohol.

The class is part of the initiatives the University is taking after two students died in unrelated alcohol incidents last spring from underage binge drinking.

University officials believe the course is realistic because it assumes that most students do drink, regardless of age. The class teaches students about the affects alcohol consumption has on the body and decision-making abilities.

“It’s not, if you will, a message of abstinence, because, I think we are realistic that telling students not to drink at all probably isn’t as helpful as saying this is how you can be safe,” Marlesa Roney, vice provost for student success, told the press. “By providing detailed information on the effects of alcohol in an easily accessible, interactive format, we hope to help students make wise choices while in school and throughout their lifetimes.”

The University also plans to notify parents about drug and alcohol violations by  students 21 or younger.  Alcohol amnesty will be offered for students who call for medical assistance concerned about alcohol poisoning whether the incident involves themselves or a friend.

The changes in the University’s policy comes after the deaths of Jason Wren and Dalton Eli Hawkins. Wren, 19, was found dead at his Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house on March 8. His blood alcohol level was four times the legal limit. In April, Hawkins fell off the roof of a dorm and died after drinking.

Source: Lawrence Journal World and KARE 11