Coffee Doesn’t Sober You Up

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on June 5, 2013 · 0 comments

Don’t fall for this myth! Rather than sobering you up, coffee makes it harder for people to realize they are drunk. When you drink too much alcohol, you feel tired and intoxicated. When you drink alcohol and chase it with caffeine, you feel awake and competent to handle situations, such as driving. You may feel alert but your brain and body is still alcohol impaired. Alcohol promotes a calming effect for caffeine jitters leaving you feeling more relaxed but less able to think clearly. Combing the two can initiate dangerous situations such as drunk driving.

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