Did I get a DUI because I sweat alcohol?

Posted by William H. Sherman on Jun 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Question:  I know you hear this all the time but I really wasn't drunk. I was just buzzed. But I got a DUI in Woodstock, GA, because the cop smelled alcohol. The night I got stopped I wasn't drinking hard, I mean I had one or two, but that's it. I can handle my alcohol and I've been handling it since I graduated from the University of Georgia. I was in a fraternity and we knew how to pound them, that's for sure.

I still drink a lot and my wife says it comes out through my pores. She says I smell like booze sometimes even if I haven't been drinking. She doesn't mind my drinking because she drinks too and maybe that's all we have in common.

I think the Woodstock cop could smell it because I hadn't taken a shower that day and I played basketball at the gym, so I was really sweating a ton.

The cop said that I rolled through a stop sign and that he saw me do it. I try not to drink and drive when I drink, but I thought I'd be fine. I'm pretty upset that the Woodstock police officer smelled alcohol because if he didn't, I wouldn't be dealing with this DUI charge and now I think I'll lose my license and my job. My wife wanted me to write in and ask and why I smelled like alcohol when I sweat and if she's right about it coming through my pores. She's not happy about it.

T.S. Woodstock, GA

Answer:  Your wife may very well be right. When you drink alcohol, your body treats it like a toxin. Some alcohol is metabolized and some is excreted through the respiratory system. When it is excreted through the respiratory system it leaves the body through your pores. Some people who drink heavily can have a strong body odor of alcohol due to the fact that alcohol is being excreted through their pores.

Some ways to hide or mask the odor of alcohol include:

  • Taking a shower using fragrant soap
  • Wearing freshly washed clothing
  • Drinking  a lot of water, which will flush out the alcohol through the urine

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