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Ways to Sober Up

author image Lisa Weber
Lisa Weber is a freelance writer/editor and former special education teacher. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism and professional writing, and a master's degree in special education. Over the last 15 years, she has written for a variety of newspapers, magazines, and on-line publications.
Ways to Sober Up
There are ways to sober up quickly. Photo Credit: TOMOHIRO IWANAGA/amanaimagesRF/amana images/Getty Images

You're sitting at a party or dancing at a bar, and suddenly you realize you've had one drink too many. You need to sober up, and fast. While you should never operate a car or other machinery until fully sober, there are methods that you can take to help you to feel more alert and in control more quickly.

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Take a nap to sober up.
Take a nap to sober up. Photo Credit: Dave & Les Jacobs/Blend Images/Getty Images

Sleeping is the best way to get sober. It gives your body a chance to rest and recover and clear the alcohol out of your system. Even a quick nap can help, but the more time you can allow to sleep, the better, and more sober, you will feel.


A quick run will help you sober up.
A quick run will help you sober up. Photo Credit: Maridav/iStock/Getty Images

It may be the last thing you want to do, but getting moving will help you to sober up quickly. Exercise helps keep your body awake and alert and metabolize th alcohol more quickly. A cold shower can also help jolt the body to alertness.


Eat a full meal and drink a lot of water before, during, and after drinking. Food will help dilute the alcohol in your blood. Drinking water will help flush the alcohol from your system and prevent dehydration. It will also help prevent hangovers. Drinking fruit juices containing Vitamin C and fructose will help your liver process the alcohol more quickly and effectively.

Carbon Capsules

Consume activated carbon or charcoal capsules. These pills, found in health food stores, absorb the alcohol that is left in the stomach, helping speed the recovery process.

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