How Do You Get Alcohol off Your Breath?
There isn’t a secret method to remove the smell of alcohol from your breath. Drinking coffee or brushing your teeth may make you feel better. However, your body can only metabolize alcohol at a rate of roughly .015 grams per hour. The only way you can get alcohol out of your system is through time.
Avoid using an alcohol-based mouthwash after drinking alcohol and especially if you plan to drive. Mouthwash and breath spray can affect the breathalyzer’s results. You can, however, chew gum, which helps in producing saliva and covering up alcohol smell.
As you probably can’t get rid of alcohol breath, it’s better to wait until your blood alcohol content (BAC) is .02% or lower to drive. The metabolization of one drink takes around an hour. So if you’ve had five drinks, it will take at least five hours for the alcohol to get out of your system.
It is also important to note that age, sex, weight, and the type of alcohol consumed can influence how alcohol leaves your body.
Can You Fail a Breathalyzer Test 12 Hours After Drinking?
Individual differences affect how long alcohol stays on the breath. The breathalyzer device may detect alcohol for up to 12 hours in average people. However, the same breathalyzer can detect alcohol breath for twice as long in certain people.
Although an average person metabolizes about one alcoholic drink per hour, this rate may vary in some cases.
For instance, alcohol may linger on the breath for longer in older people than in young people. This is because their alcohol metabolism is slower. Moreover, alcohol stays in a woman’s system longer because they metabolize alcohol slower than men.
People with diabetes may fail a breathalyzer test even if they had their last drink very long ago. This is because the symptoms of low blood sugar resemble those of alcohol intoxication, which affects the accuracy of the breath test.
Other tests are available where a breathalyzer test doesn’t produce correct results. You may request an independent blood alcohol test or a urine test if you failed a breathalyzer.
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