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Why Drinking Diet Soda and Alcohol Can Kill You?

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Soda and alcoholic beverages have no season. People want them in the summer to cool off and, especially wine and liquor, in the winter to warm up. The good news is that fewer people consume soda – 63 percent avoided it in 2014 compared to 41 percent in 2002, according to Gallup – but many still can’t resist the sweet beverage – the average person drinks 45 gallons a year.
The bad news is that people may have replaced soda with booze. A recent study found that heavy drinking among Americans rose by 17.2 percent between 2005 and 2012. To make matters worse, people consume more in a shorter period of time. Binging is up almost 9 percent. Excessive drinking is when you have more than four drinks a night or more than eight a week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC. A report from 2014 found 54 direct and indirect ways – from car crashes to depression and cirrhosis – in which alcohol can be lead to death.

Alcohol has some more immediate effects such as loss of coordination, impaired vision and slower breathing but, just like diet soda, it can kill you if you consume a lot of it on regular basis. Combine the two and you’ll get drunk faster because you end up drinking more, according to a Northern Kentucky University study. The artificial sweeteners speed up the absorption of alcohol.
The World Health Organization says that alcohol kills more than 3 million people worldwide each year. That is one person every 10 seconds. The causes vary from driving accidents to violence and health problems linked to excessive drinking.

FATTY LIVER
The artificial, non-saccharide sweetener Aspartame found in diet sodas is the culprit here. An Israeli study has shown it to increase insulin resistance and trigger fatty liver disease, which means there is a buildup of extra fat in the liver cells. Alcohol has also been linked to fatty liver disease. The organ’s job is to process everything we eat and drink, but too much fat will have an effect. The condition can also be brought on by excessive drinking. Alcoholic fatty liver disease is the earliest stage of other drinking-related liver problems. There are usually no symptoms.

CANCER
Experiments on rats have shown that Aspartame, the market names of which are NutraSweet® and Equal®, can cause the development of cancerous cells in different parts or the body. The sweetener’s carcinogenic effects are increased when exposure begins in the womb. The Department of Health lists consumption of alcoholic beverages as a known human carcinogen.

METABOLIC SYNDROME
Metabolic Syndrome is a combination of factors that increase the chance of suffering from heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. A study concluded that basically the more you drink, the more likely you are to develop this condition. Symptoms include high blood pressure, insulin resistance, blood clots, and too much belly fat.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
Experts can’t agree on this one. Some studies link the Aspartame sweetener to a higher risk of multiple sclerosis while the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have rejected the notion. Why risk it when diet soda causes so many other problems anyway

DEHYDRATION
Dehydration can also occur as a result of drinking too much alcohol. It lowers the level of the anti-diuretic hormone, which is used by the body to reabsorb water. You lose more fluid than necessary. Diet sodas with caffeine can have the same effect because of artificial sweeteners such as sucralose or aspartame. Dehydration causes bad breath, sugar cravings, fatigue, dizziness, and headaches.

OVERDOSE
Any kind of medication mixed with even a little bit of alcohol is a bad idea. In addition to the usual risks of vomiting, drowsiness and loss of coordination, the combination can lead to internal bleeding, heart issues and breathing problems. The risk of an overdose is real, too. Alcohol is a depressant and some drugs are sedatives. The result can be stupor. Booze and meds mask the each other’s effects, leading you to either drink more or take more pills.