An orange liquor substitute is a way of drinking from a can of soda or other liquid instead of a shot of booze, and it’s helping people to survive overdoses, according to a report in the New York Times.
The use of the substitute has been widely publicized, with advocates for the elderly and people with disabilities saying it can reduce the chance of overdose and prolong life.
But Dr. Elizabeth F. Gorman, the lead author of the report, says there’s not enough data to know how well it works, and she has no idea if it’s a safe way to drink or if it could even be a safer way than drinking regular liquid.
“We’re not able to answer that question in a way that allows us to make a definitive statement,” she said.
“This report was not designed to answer the question of whether or not it’s safe.
It was designed to provide an update on the status of the evidence.”
Gorman and her colleagues analyzed data from the National Poison Data System, which is part of the National Institutes of Health.
They used the data to look at a large number of people in various states, and compared it to data from more than a dozen studies that looked at the effect of using an orange substitute instead of alcohol.
“When we look at these studies, we have a very clear understanding of what’s happening, and we’re able to get a much better picture of the effects,” Gorman said.
The researchers compared the effectiveness of using the orange substitute with that of using a shot or two of alcohol, and found that it was effective at reducing deaths.
“There’s a lot of evidence that it’s effective,” she told ABC News.
The study’s authors didn’t know how much of the benefit came from the orange liquescent beverage, but said it’s not clear that it would have been so effective in terms of reducing deaths in general.
“The study shows that a little bit of this can really reduce deaths,” Grolins said.
But the researchers did find a small increase in deaths for people who took more than 12 drinks of orange lisps per day, but it’s unclear how that translates into an overall reduction in deaths.
Gorman said it might be possible to get people to drink more orange lisescent beverage than is needed.
“That’s one of the things that we’re interested in,” she added.
But she said that people who don’t have any other options are probably more likely to die than those who do.
“They have a much greater likelihood of dying,” she explained.
“What we don’t know is, how much is going to matter when it comes to overall mortality.
We don’t really know.”
The researchers said there is an increasing need for alternatives to alcohol.
“People have to have a way to get some of these medications they’re taking,” Grorins said, adding that many of those drugs are expensive and not readily available.
“I think we need to find a way for people to make these things that are much more affordable and widely available,” she concluded.
“It’s a really interesting study that shows that orange lissescent beverages can really help us save lives.”