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    Drinking coffee will not sober you up when drunk

    Reaching for a mug of coffee may be the worst thing you can to do to try to sober up, a study suggests.

    Research on mice indicates the drink may make you feel that you are coming to your senses - but it is only an illusion.

    In fact, it makes it harder for people to realise they are under the influence of alcohol.
    Full article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8403088.stm


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    Re: Drinking coffee will not sober you up when drunk

    coffee is magic but not that magic..

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    Re: Drinking coffee will not sober you up when drunk

    I could have told them that for free. The only thing that sobers you up is time.

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    Re: Drinking coffee will not sober you up when drunk

    It can help but theres a trick to it.
    It wont sober you up but can help stop you from getting more drunk.
    If theres still alcohol in your stomach (therefore not yet absorbed into your *bloodstream), a good Samaritan ;) might lace your coffee with a handful of salt, making you throw up.
    If you do throw up, youll actually sober up quicker because you wont get drunker first.

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    Re: Drinking coffee will not sober you up when drunk

    Quote Originally Posted by 102C312A202136232B20440 link=1260388195/3#3 date=1284518958
    If theres still alcohol in your stomach (therefore not yet absorbed into yourbloodstream),
    It also depends if theres food in there as well.
    Stomach + food = delayed entry of alcohol into the blood stream. You may be able to make someone throw up prior to the alcohol getting into their system. Whether they thank you for it is another story ;).
    No food = super quick path for alcohol into the blood.

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    Re: Drinking coffee will not sober you up when drunk

    Quote Originally Posted by 10332A39255C0 link=1260388195/4#4 date=1284525421
    Whether they thank you for it is another story
    If they are drunk enough to start with you can get them to drink it.
    After all it cant taste much worse than standard cafe coffee. ;)

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    Love it when pissed, its like the after-dinner effect when youve had a gutfull. And you know it wont sstop you ssssleeping.

    Coffee wont sober you up.....but I lose my taste for it when hung over. Problem is, you know you need it .....

    What if you get in early........

    http://www.ausfoodnews.com.au/2010/07/06/matilda-bay-seasonal-release-longshot-coffee-beer.html

    actually I recommend you try it.

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    Re: Drinking coffee will not sober you up when drunk

    But maybe if you drink the coffe instead.....

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    Re: Drinking coffee will not sober you up when drunk

    Quote Originally Posted by 2A252F392E2A38294B0 link=1260388195/2#2 date=1284513267
    I could have told them that for free. *The only thing that sobers you up is time.
    yeah they did said that in RSA class


    any how I feel a bit better with a cup of tea or coffee after a long drunken night although it might be illusional but your mind is all illusion anyway
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    Re: Drinking coffee will not sober you up when drunk

    Quote Originally Posted by 2E747733440 link=1260388195/8#8 date=1295748751
    might be illusional but your mind is all illusion anyway
    "Reality is in the eye of the beholder."

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    Re: Drinking coffee will not sober you up when drunk

    Did my RSA Management certificate and i can vouch for coffee not helping.

    Like alcohol, the problem is the perception that thinking coffee sobering you up and feeling that you can tackle the trip home.

    Alcohol has already impaired your judgement on decision making, and will impair your mind and body when driving when you think youre in control.

    A strong coffee brew may give you a smack in the face before you drive home, you might feel refreshed for a while,but the caffeine hit still cant overtake the effects of alcohol and the slowing effects it has on reaction times and decision making on the road.
    Only way to overcome this is TIME for alcohol to wear off.
    If you have had a few, let someone take care of transport.

    At the restaurant i aways take the extra step of offering the courtesy for customers by making sure there is a skipper in the group or ringing a taxi.
    Ive been to eat out a few times, had a few drinks and the staff have not undertaken their duty of care to ensure our safety for the trip home. Good thing i had a skipper.

    I would not like to see any Coffeesnobber come to harm and regret it because they think coffee and caffeine will fix it. It doesnt. Caffeine will increase metabolism but will not get rid of alcohol.

    Gary at G.

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    Re: Drinking coffee will not sober you up when drunk

    .016 mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood is the best you can lose in an hour no matter what you do.

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    Re: Drinking coffee will not sober you up when drunk

    Quote Originally Posted by 7750454A240 link=1260388195/11#11 date=1295947917
    .016 mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood is the best you can lose in an hour no matter what you do.
    That is if your liver is in good condition

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    Re: Drinking coffee will not sober you up when drunk

    Quote Originally Posted by 05223738560 link=1260388195/11#11 date=1295947917
    .016 mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood is the best you can lose in an hour no matter what you do.
    Bold statement!

    No matter what you do?
    Dems fightin words. ;)

    How about a blood transfusion?
    Take out some of your alcohol infused blood and top up with some clean stuff.

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    Re: Drinking coffee will not sober you up when drunk

    ::) Gave me an idea.

    Ill offer a blood transfusion service prior to them leaving at the restaurant so that Im saving lives as well as procuring red wine sauce for meat dishes. No need to add wine. Its in there already.

    Gary at G *8-)

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    Re: Drinking coffee will not sober you up when drunk

    Humans are not large hairless mice.

    http://highwire.org/cgi/medline/pmid;11376916
    http://highwire.org/cgi/medline/pmid;8265702
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1365159/

    etc, etc.
    Please disregard the mainstream media for science news.

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    Re: Drinking coffee will not sober you up when drunk

    Whilst some of us mere mortals do not have access to Blood on tap, I do agree with you TG. *;D *;D *Mind you it would a heap of blood to make a difference to the end result.

    However have you ever noticed the boys (or girls) in blue hanging around coffee shops on a Saturday morning *::) *maybe they are hunting for targets *:-/ One must be Politically correct these days. :-[

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    I dug up this old string while researching about if coffee sobers you up.

    My research shows that coffee taken while you are drunk makes you a more alert drunk while a shower makes you a wet drunk.

    BBC - Future - Does coffee really sober you up when drunk?

    Barry

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    I got drunk on my least amount of alcohol after having had a fair bit of coffee first.

    Always thought coffee & alcohol were a bad mix since that.

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    Is the thing about cocaine instantly sobering you up an urban myth or true?

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    It is probably just perception. It can't just make the alcohol evaporate out of your bloodstream

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    I demand a double-blind!!

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