After sipping one too many glasses of wine, you suddenly realize you’ve got another commitment in 45 minutes that requires you to be on your A-game. It’s time to sober up—fast. While nothing will dramatically speed up digestion of alcohol, there are tricks to reduce the effects it has on your judgment, behavior, and speech. Just remember to never, ever drive or operate heavy machinery while under the influence. Even if you do feel less intoxicated after these methods, nothing can lower your blood alcohol content except time.

Eat

Having food in your stomach can reduce the effects of alcohol. Order takeout or make a sandwich. Drink water with your meal. Getting hydrated helps prevent that dreaded hangover later.

Act preemptively. Eat a substantial meal and drink plenty of water before you start drinking. This might reduce your chances of getting excessively tipsy after a couple of drinks, but it really depends on your alcohol tolerance.

Exercise

Exercise gets your blood pumping, reduces shakiness, and helps you feel more alert. But first, gauge how drunk you are. If you can’t walk a straight line, don’t attempt any sort of exercise, or you could seriously harm yourself. If you’re just a little buzzed, you can try a quick workout but should stop immediately if you feel dizzy or unable to keep your balance.

Do at least 20 jumping jacks, 20 crunches, and take a five-minute jog. Drink a large glass of water to stay hydrated.

 

Get Caffeinated

Grab a cup of coffee, tea, or any other caffeinated beverage. These speed up your metabolism and give you an energy jolt, helping you feel more alert.

Drink water after coffee, soda, or an energy drink to prevent dehydration and a nasty hangover later.

Freshen Up

Drink two cups of pink grapefruit juice, which stimulates your liver. Also, the antioxidants neutralize the odor of alcohol being secreted from your breath and pores.

Wash your face or take a cold shower to help you feel more alert, reduce that alcohol-induced flush, and soothe bloodshot eyes.

Change into fresh clothes to clean up your appearance.

Tip

  • Drink responsibly. If you don’t have enough time to sober up naturally, skip the booze.