Drinking coffee while drunk may make you feel like you’re coming to your senses, but it’s only an illusion, according to a new study out of Philadelphia’s Temple University. In fact, mixing caffeine and alcohol could make matters worse, says lead researcher Dr Thomas Gould: “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.” People who feel tired and intoxicated after consuming alcohol may be more likely to acknowledge that they are, he says. “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.”
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