By Elle Hanson

After downing a few drinks too many, you suddenly realize that you are due at work in forty-five minutes. It's time to sober up -- fast. While nothing will dramatically speed up the digestion of alcohol, there are tricks to reduce the effects that it has on your judgment, behavior and speech. Depending on how much time you have, you can choose one or more of the following tricks to help you sober up. Just remember not to drive or operate heavy machinery. Even though you may feel less intoxicated, nothing can lower your blood alcohol content except time.

You can sober up quickly, using one or two of these tricks.


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Woman eating takeout food

Order takeout, make a sandwich or grab some fast food. It doesn't really matter what you eat, having food in your stomach will reduce the effects of alcohol.

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Man drinking glass of water

Drink water with your meal. Water will not only reduce the effects of alcohol, it will prevent a hangover later.

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Act pre-emptively. If you have a full stomach and sip on some water before you start drinking, you will not be as intoxicated after having a few beers.


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Man jogging on pavement

Gauge how intoxicated you are. If you cannot walk a straight line, do not attempt any sort of exercise, or you could seriously harm yourself. If you are merely tipsy, you can attempt to exercise but should stop immediately, if you feel faint or cannot keep your balance.

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Do at least twenty jumping jacks, twenty crunches -- and take a five minute jog. Exercise gets your blood pumping, reduces shakiness and helps you feel more alert. You will feel more in control of yourself, after a short workout.

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Drink a large glass of water to stay hydrated.

Consume Caffeine

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Cup of coffee

Grab a cup of coffee, or any other drink that contains caffeine. These will speed up your metabolism and give you an energy jolt, helping you feel more alert.

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Cup of tea

Consider brewing a caffeinated tea, since it is less likely to dehydrate you than other drinks.

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Woman pouring a glass of water

Drink water after consuming coffee, soda or an energy drink. All of these will dehydrate you, which could lead to a nasty hangover later.

Freshen Up

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Drink two cups of pink grapefruit juice. Grapefruit stimulates your liver and will keep you from smelling like you have been drinking. The antioxidants in grapefruit neutralize the odor of alcohol being secreted from your breath and pores.

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Wash your face, or take a shower using cold water. This will help you feel more alert, reduce any rosiness in your cheeks and soothe your bloodshot eyes.

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Man buttoning shirt

Change into fresh clothes. This will give you the clean, prepared appearance of someone who has not been drinking.