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Old 04-13-2009, 08:50 AM   #1
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drinking and alcohol body odor

How much does a person have to drink to cause their body to reek of alcohol even when they are sober? It seems to be coming out of their pores although they deny drinking.

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Old 04-13-2009, 08:11 PM   #2
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oh im going to guess an say alot....? more than folks that have a drink once a week. it sounds like the person is in denial about it. AA is in your local phone book lots of booze the night before can reak all day at work . its a terrible smell .

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Okay this may be a stretch but I had a female friend who was using essential oils that smelled just like vodka. I had to say something and finally we figured out what it was. That is the pollyanna in me. Hope it is something like that.

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Re: drinking and alcohol body odor

I have a friend with the same issue. I have often had to drive him here or there, and that odor lingers in my vehicle long after he gets out. I think there might be some lack of personal hygiene that adds to the problem. It's a quite distinctive smell, to put it mildly. This person drinks straight vodka everyday, with beer in between. I wish the best for your friend, as mine has already given up. It is heartbreaking to watch, but impossible to "fix".

Good luck to you.

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Re: drinking and alcohol body odor

theres an easy explanation for the body odor: a long-time drinker has injured the liver enough for the toxins to be EXCRETED not adsorbed. eventually, the brain is affected by the toxins, hence the inability to "think" after a good bender. EASY CURE: drink green or black tea, plenty of vitamin C, and plenty of rest/sleep. become addicted to positive things, like working out, exploring nature, kayaking, et al....even reading. I fight to this day. love to binge-drink. "the horror"

Old 05-17-2009, 11:35 AM   #6
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Re: drinking and alcohol body odor

I'm not an alcoholic (I'm an addcit) and my husband has told me I wreak of alcohol the day after I've been out at a bar with friends. Although I only had a few drinks, I apparently smelled like a drunk (his words).

You can't say someone is in denial just because they smell of alcohol!

If you suspect this person is not telling the truth, try approaching them in a positive manner. For example, say "Hey, I can smell alcohol when I'm near you. Did you have a few drinks last night (insert laugh here)" It may help the person to open up, as opposed to getting defensive (if it seems like a stab at him/her).

It is possible to fix any addiction, but the addict/alcoholic has to "want" to address it. It's your classic heartbreak - we are programmed to want to help those who are suffering, and it's very hard to watch someone waste their life away. I hope your friend is ok, please let us know


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Old 01-09-2010, 07:21 AM   #7
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Re: drinking and alcohol body odor

I can smell when my husband is a sweaty-stale odor. What is this a sign of. He can have 1 drink and he reeks. I cannot stand this smell.

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