Alcohol is fun in moderation but it gets in your belly it has a way of, well, let’s just say ‘asserting itself’ in the form of tell-tale breath. You don’t want people to get the wrong idea so what should you do? In this article we will talk about how to get rid of alcohol breath so that you can mingle with confidence. All you need if a few things from around the house!
Why can you smell alcohol on your breath?
The smell of alcohol comes out in your breath due to the accumulation of alcohol in your blood that occurs as a result of drinking. This is why a ‘Breathalyzer’ is a valid method of testing your level of intoxication, because alcohol particles are present in measurable amounts as long as it is circulating in your bloodstream. f you have been eating as well the effects of the alcohol are dulled a bit but slower digestion may occur to prolong the ‘halitosis effect’.
How long does it take for alcohol breath to go away?
For the most part this is going to depend on how much you have had to drink. Let’s say that you are at the common U.S. legal limit of .08% (this varies a little from state to state but we’ll use it as a general example). Within one hour your body should process that down to about .065 . In this scenario, you are looking at about 5.5 hours before the alcohol has been completely processed and expelled from the body. So, what can you do if you still have bad breath and you aren’t confident that a dash of the over-the-counter mouthwash is going to do it?
You might not know it, but you’ve got some excellent breath fresheners available in your pantry that will do in a pinch. Try a few of the following methods in order to freshen your breath:
- Mint oil – A few drops of any mint oil, peppermint extract is a good example, can be put into a half a cup of water and used as a rinse. Rinse vigorously for 30 seconds and spit it out and your breath will be all the fresher for it.
- Vanilla extract – A few drops of vanilla extract in a half a cup of water can make another rinse that replaces that alcohol smell with the delicious scent of vanilla. This is less obvious an attempt at obfuscation than mint (let’s be fair, if you don’t eat a lot of peppermints in the first place, minty breath is very suspicious). Don’t overdo it, however, just stick to a few drops, as vanilla extract has a high alcohol content of it’s own.
- Chamomile or Rose-hips tea – A tea bag, slightly cooled but still warm, may be placed between tooth and gum for around 5 minutes in order to absorb some of that alcohol breath and to freshen up your overall breath in a short time. If the scent is slight then this is a great way to ‘freshen up’ without smelling conspicuous.
Household breath fresheners: The power of citrus
The vitamin C in citrus promotes salivation, which can freshen up your breath a bit if most of the alcohol is already out of your system. Lemon slices are especially good and
“Chewing a lemon slice will freshen up your breath naturally.”
easy to come by. Chewing a lemon slice will freshen up your breath naturally and you can sprinkle a little sugar on the lemon slice if you are not so fond of tart tastes to make it more like drinking lemonade than simply chewing ‘a sour ol’ lemon’.
Household breath fresheners: Miscellaneous
There are some other things which you may have around the house or which you can stock up on in advance if you are worried about halitosis and would like a natural remedy. Some classic ‘cures’ for bad breath are as follows:
- Fennel or anise seeds – An old favorite from India, chewing fennel seeds or anise seeds are a natural way to sweeten up your breath. Fennel seeds are your go-to seed if you don’t like the taste of black licorice, but if you DO like licorice then try the anise seeds. You won’t be disappointed!
- Mint leaves – Chewing mint leaves promotes salivation at the same time that it sweetens up your breath. While not as harshly concentrated as an extract or mint mouthwash, mint leaves can certainly do the same job while being a little more subtle.
- Ginger – Studies have shown that ginger has the property of helping to break down enzymes in your mouth that produce bad breath. You can mix it with water and honey and boil it for 10 minutes, waiting another 10 minutes for it cool before drinking and be sure to swish it around a bit in your mouth for best results.
- Cloves – While very strong in flavor, chewing on a clove can freshen up your breath with a scent that is not as suspicious as mint. Give this one a try next time you need a quick breath-freshener. If you decide that you like it, cloves are very tiny and easy to carry on you, just put a few in a small, empty tic-tac container and you have a portable breath freshener that’s better than store-bought mints.
- Digestive enzymes – If you digest slowly, enzymes can help with this so that you don’t have to worry about the alcohol processing more slowly in the first place!
Some final words
In this article we have discussed how to get rid of alcohol breath. While we all enjoy our festivities, alcohol breath can carry a stigma with it and so it is good to have a backup plan if you want to avoid a next-day full of anxiety. Give our solutions a try and you’ll see, your breath will be fresh and you interact at the office in confidence!