When it comes to drunkenness, caffeine does not help

February 17, 2011 by  
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A strong cup of black coffee is not an antidote to alcohol intoxication. Neither are 2 cups. Or even three. Of a caffeine-rich energy drink for that matter.

Caffeine is known as a stimulant that can keep you awake and boost performance. The popular use of caffeinated energy drinks among young people during exams week attest to this.

However, the notion that caffeine is an effective antidote to the sedating effect of alcohol is completely wrong.

The appearance of caffeinated alcoholic beverages (CAB) in the market is causing concerns among health experts. Several manufacturers recalled their CAB products following FDA warnings last year but the practice of mixing caffeine with alcohol has not abated. It is as easy as simply mixing their own cocktail.

According to researcher Dr. Jonathan Howland of the Department of Community Health Sciences and Department of Emergency Medicine, Boston University:

“Although several manufacturers of caffeinated beer have withdrawn their products from the market, there is no sign that young people have decreased the practice of combining alcohol and energy drinks. Critically, CABs may increase alcohol-related risks in a number of different domains, but have been subject to very little systematic research.”

Risky behavior has been attributed to this dangerous mixture including intoxicated driving (either as driver or passenger), committing and being a victim of sexual assault and having an alcohol related injury or accident.

In order to clarify once and for all the belief that caffeine blunts the effect of alcohol, thus allowing one to drink and drive, the researchers tested 129 people ages 21 to 30 drink alcohol with or without caffeine. After 30 minutes, they were tested on a driving simulator. The results showed that all drinkers were not fit enough to drive – regardless whether they had taken caffeine or not. The take home message, according to Dr. Howland, is:

“If you’re intoxicated – whether you have caffeine or not – you shouldn’t be driving. Your performance really falls apart.”

Let us hope we can get the message across!

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5 Responses to “When it comes to drunkenness, caffeine does not help”
  1. Napasechnik says:

    “I would like a tea made from cannabis seeds .”

    Don’t you mean tea from the weed you grow? I have tried the seeds thing with seeds i bought from:

    Cannabis seeds USA

  2. Bhakta Del says:

    Great post!

    I have believed this for years but never read anything conclusive.. makes sense really, “2 wrongs don’t make a right” in my book.


  3. Andrew Hepburn says:

    I would like a tea made from seeds bought from www.cannabis-seeds.co.uk/ instead of a coffee.

    • Jason Drente says:

      “I would like a tea made from cannabis seeds .”

      Don’t you mean tea from the weed you grow? I have tried the seeds thing with seeds i bought from:
      www.royalqueenseeds.com , but for me the best way was to put them in the ground and grow nice plants. Then make a tea with the cannabis. Most definately stoppen me from drinking more 😉 but hangover also didn’t really go away. nice try though.

  4. Harry H. says:

    You are correct that, “a strong cup of black coffee is not an antidote to alcohol intoxication”. I believe this “remedy” evolved because alcohol causes an underarounsed brain while caffeine increases the arousal levels of the brain. Many times people use these substances to counter actual brain issues. A natural way to train the state management of the brain is with brain training, aka neurofeedback.

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