If a young person drinks too much alcohol, one of their friends may stop
at the nearest Starbucks or Coffee Bean and get them a strong cup of coffee
to try and “sober them up.” Or, they may try to throw them
in a cold shower or toss them into an icy backyard pool, but all of these
tactics will fail miserably.
The problem is, none of these tricks will lower the person’s blood
alcohol concentration (BAC) because they are all myths. The
only thing that lowers a person’s BAC is
Since we’re talking about coffee, we wanted to discuss the topic
of caffeine and alcohol as it pertains to sobering a drunk person up (or
the way it doesn’t) and mixing alcohol with energy drinks, such
as a vodka and Red Bull. Since there are a few myths circulating about
caffeine and alcohol, we wanted to clear a few things up.
Mixing Energy Drinks With Alcohol
According to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), energy drinks are “very popular among young adults”
and 31% of 12 to 17 year-olds consume them regularly, and 34% of 18 to
24 year-olds consume them on a regular basis, but you already knew that.
When people mix alcohol with energy drinks, a popular thing to do among
young people, the caffeine in the energy drink can mask the depressant
effects of the alcohol, meanwhile the caffeine does absolutely nothing
to reduce the person’s BAC. In effect, the person becomes a “wide
awake” drunk and they can be more inclined to engage in risky behavior,
such as drinking and driving.
The CDC reports that when people mix alcohol with energy drinks, they become
3 times more likely to binge drink than people who do not mix alcohol
with energy drinks.
Drinkers who mix alcohol with energy drinks are about twice as likely to
take advantage of someone else sexually, or be taken advantage of sexually,
and ride with a drunk driver as people who do not mix energy drinks with
alcohol, the CDC reports.
Coffee Won’t Ever Sober a Drunk Person Up
Like we mentioned earlier, no amount of coffee will sober a drunk person
up. While caffeine in coffee and energy drinks counteracts the depressant
effects of alcohol, this can be dangerous because caffeine fools people
into believing they are more sober than they are. Caffeine can make a
drunk person feel more “alert” but it has no effect on BAC
We hope this clears up your questions on caffeine and alcohol. If you know
someone who could use this information, please feel free to share our
blog with your friends and family who think that coffee can combat drunkenness,
because research proves that it can’t!
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