“If I have too much to drink, I can drink a lot of coffee to sober up quickly. Right?”

Ha. Tell us another one! Drinking a lot of coffee after drinking too much alcohol may, however, increase your discomfort through the need to use the bathroom while being transported to the jail on DUI charges. Only time reverses impairment.

“Will eating breath mints after drinking beat a police ‘breath test’?”

Eating mints will not affect your BAC level since it isn’t the smell of your breath, but the alcohol content, that’s measured. Using breath mints, however, may earn you points with the arresting officer if you normally have bad breath.

“I’ve heard preparing yourself by eating certain foods before an evening of heavy drinking will help keep your sober. Is that true?”

The only relation between what you eat before drinking and your drunkenness is that the more you drink, the more likely  what you ate will end up on your shirt or on the floorboard of the patrol car.

“Ok, but if I eat a BIG meal before drinking, won’t that help keep me from getting drunk?”

How much you have eaten, and how recently, may have a small effect on how quickly or slowly the alcohol you consume will enter your bloodstream — but it won’t stop the alcohol from entering. If you drink too much, you will become intoxicated. 

“Will splashing cold water on my face or taking a cold shower help sober me up?”

Splash away! And by all means, take a cold shower. It may make you cleaner, but it won’t sober you up or make you a safe driver. The deputies at the jail, however, prefer clean drunks and recommend showering prior to doing anything that will lead to your arrest, such as driving after you’ve been drinking.

“Will running around the block a few times sober me up enough to drive home?”

Exercise won’t sober you up any faster.


Nothing sobers up a drinker except time.