New study reinforces that coffee won't sober you up
Picture this: You're watching your favorite movie. In said movie, the main characters go out for "one drink." Plot twist! They get hammered instead in the name of comedy. Five rounds of shots and a few beers later, we fast forward to a late-night diner where they're regretting their decisions, chugging coffee, and all of a sudden, completely sober. Totally realistic, right?
Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, WRONG. It's a common myth that drinking a few cups of coffee after a long night of drinking will sober you up. And while this has been previously debunked, a new study recently came out to reinforce these findings.
Professor Tony Moss of London South Bank University in his research found that coffee doesn't help decrease blood alcohol levels, no matter if it's a heavy night of drinking or just meeting a few friends for happy hour.
He suggests that drinking coffee after alcohol might make you feel more alert because of the caffeine, but your hand-eye coordination and motor skills will remain affected by the alcohol in your system. He tested this by having students complete a specific task after drinking alcohol. After, he had them all drink coffee and repeat the same task. Spoiler alert: They all failed both times.
"We know from wider research that coffee isn't an antidote to alcohol," Moss said. "Taking coffee is a stimulant that will reverse that feeling of being slightly tired as your blood alcohol is coming down. The only thing that's going to sober you up in that respect is a bit of time."
The conclusion? Never drive after drinking and never rely on coffee to sober you up. It won't work. To recap, take a look at our flow chart above.
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