Home remedies for alcohol poisoning won't work. This is an emergency situation.
You can't reverse the effects of alcohol poisoning, and you could actually make things worse through some actions. Here's what doesn't work:
Jul. 23, 2013
- Black coffee or caffeine — this does not counteract the effects of alcohol poisoning
- A cold shower — the shock of cold can cause a loss of consciousness
- Walking it off — this does not increase the speed alcohol leaves your body
- Sleeping it off — you can lose consciousness while asleep
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