Can Coffee Sober You Up? – LifeSavvy
Whether it’s the morning after a few too many rounds or your mid-drink and realize you need to sober up quickly, many people recommend coffee. The caffeine is allegedly a quick fix when you are a bit fuzzy around the edges. But does it work?
We’ve got some bad news. Coffee does not help you sober up, even if it seem like it does.
Coffee is a stimulant and alcohol is a depressant. Superficially, it makes sense that they’d work to counteract one another. But that’s not the case. When you’re drunk, drinking coffee still works the same way. It interferes with the sedative quality of adenosine. But that’s all it can do—make you feel awake.
Caffeine won’t speed up how your body metabolizes alcohol or mitigate the effects that have already started occurring. You’re just amping yourself, and while that might make you feel more alert, you’re no less intoxicated. That’s what is dangerous.
When you’re drinking, your judgment is likely impaired. If you reach for caffeine, drink…
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