Can coffee help sober you up?

Mineral water to aid indigestion... Milk to relieve heartburn... Coffee to magically erase the effects of alcohol... Are these miracle cures or simply myths?

Does drinking coffee really help the effects of alcohol wear off more quickly?

As strong as it is, drinking coffee has no impact on the blood alcohol level in your system. The liver rids the body of alcohol after it has been consumed, and this process takes time. Caffeine stimulates you and wakes you up, but does not restore reflexes and sound judgement to someone who has been drinking. Drinking coffee the morning after can also make your hangover symptoms feel worse. It’s a diuretic and dehydration results in that pounding head and hangover you experience.

Stéphanie Côté