Coffee's about as helpful as a cold shower or a brisk walk in sobering you up. That is, it's not helpful at all! Prevention is the best cure. If you're going to drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation. And remember binge drinking, which is rapidly downing five drinks or more in a row, is especially dangerous. Drinking so much alcohol so quickly means that you can consume a lethal dose before you pass out.

Jan. 14, 2012