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Does Eating After Drinking Help Drivers Sober Up?

There are many myths surrounding the consumption of alcohol, particularly when it comes to sobering up. One of the most common is the belief that eating after drinking will help a person sober up. The team at The Roth Firm, LLC investigates this claim and provides accurate information about the effects of alcohol on the body, especially in relation to driving safety.

The Facts

According to Medical News Today, the reality is that eating after drinking does not necessarily speed up the sobering process. Once alcohol has reached the small intestines, eating will not help. Despite the common belief that food can "soak up" alcohol or somehow counteract its effects, this is not the case.

In fact, Healthline recommends eating a meal high in carbs or fat before drinking as it may slow down the absorption of alcohol. However, it's essential to note that while eating before drinking may slow down the absorption of alcohol, it does not prevent intoxication or make it safe to drive.

Moreover, Psychology Today points out that while protein, fat, and carbohydrates can help clear alcohol from your system, they do not necessarily expedite the sobering process. And according to NDSCS, the only thing that will genuinely sober a person up is time.

The danger of these misconceptions is that they can lead individuals to believe they are fit to drive when they are not. Alcohol impairs cognitive and motor skills, significantly increasing the risk of accidents. Even if an individual feels sober, they could still exceed the legal blood alcohol concentration limit for driving.

An Injury Practice with Superior Service

At The Roth Firm, LLC, we understand the devastating impact drunk driving can have. We're committed to helping victims of drunk driving accidents secure the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured by a driver under the influence of alcohol, it's crucial to seek legal advice as soon as possible.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact The Roth Firm, LLC online or by phone. (404) 777-4899 Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys is ready to assist you.