Friday, December 11, 2009

Drinking For The Holidays

Just in time for all that "holiday cheer" we've been sloshing down so far this month, according to new laboratory research, people who drink may want to know that coffee won’t sober them up. Instead, a cup of coffee may just make it even harder for people to realize they’re drunk.

What’s more, popular caffeinated “alcohol-energy” drinks don’t neutralize alcohol intoxication, suggest the findings from a mouse study reported in the journal Behavioral Neuroscience, which is published by the American Psychological Association.

“The myth about coffee’s sobering powers is particularly important to debunk because the co-use of caffeine and alcohol could actually lead to poor decisions with disastrous outcomes,” said co-author Thomas Gould, PhD, of Temple University, in extending the research to what it means for humans.

“People who have consumed only alcohol, who feel tired and intoxicated, may be more likely to acknowledge that they are drunk,” he added. “Conversely, people who have consumed both alcohol and caffeine may feel awake and competent enough to handle potentially harmful situations, such as driving while intoxicated or placing themselves in dangerous social situations.”

Read the rest of this "eye opening" study

1 comment:

Lynn Sinclair said...

Makes sense. I think the reason people used to push coffee is so the drunk would take a few moments before jumping into their car and killing someone.