So you’re at the end of a long night and you Googled “how to sober up” (or, more likely, “hwo ato sobeje up”) because you’re just done being drunk. You’ve seen enough movies to know the usual tropes—hot coffee and cold showers—but folk wisdom and scientific fact usually don’t match up. Some enduring myths just need to die, while some lesser known, scientific solutions deserve more attention. Here are all the ways to sober up, from the tried and true to the utterly ineffective.
Coffee = Myth
That stale pot of diner coffee at 2 a.m. may feel restorative as you ready to head home, but it has no impact on blood alcohol levels. Just as coffee won’t do you much good the morning after drinking too much, caffeine can’t help you nullify the booze from your system. Though it can make you feel more alert if you find the depressant aspect of your drink has cast a sleepy haze over your evening. However, just remember that you’ll be mixing high energy levels with impaired judgement—if anything, it may kick your raucous night into high gear.