Sobering Up

Responsible Service of AlcoholThe liver is the main organ that removes alcohol from the bloodstream. As a general rule, a healthy liver removes alcohol at the rate of one standard drink per hour. This will vary according to size, gender and general health. It is important to realise that sobering up takes time. Letting people become intoxicated and giving them an hour to sober up is not an effective strategy.

All the old stories such as:

  • Cold showers

  • Black coffee

  • Vomiting

  • Urinating

RSA staff need to understand that these strategies DO NOT WORK.

The best way to avoid drunkenness is for individuals to pace themselves – that is, drink at a rate no faster than the body can break down the alcohol.

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