Study: Coffee will not sober you up after drinking


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PHILADEPHIA, Pa. — Nevermind what they do in the movies; coffee will not sober you up after a night of drinking.

That’s according to a new study at Temple University that uses lab mice.

Mice were given either alcohol or caffeine.  Caffeinated mice were able to get through a maze just fine, while the ones given alcohol predictably failed.

When researchers gave mice alcohol plus caffeine– the equivalent of 8 cups of coffee– the mice seemed relaxed and alert, but still failed to get through the maze.

Researchers say this shows drinking a lot of caffeine after alcohol could make a person look just fine, but would still be too drunk to drive.

For more information on the study, go to www.apa.org/journals/bne.

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