Coffee will not sober you up after a night of drinking - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/11/09

Coffee will not sober you up after a night of drinking studies show

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By Kristin Beerman | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Never mind what they do in the movies, coffee will not sober you up after a night of drinking. That's according to a new study using lab mice from Temple University. Mice were given either alcohol or caffeine and 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, which is the equivalent of 8 cups of coffee, the mice seemed more alert, but they 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 definitely still be too drunk to drive.

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