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How to Get Rid of Alcohol Smell on Breath

Updated February 21, 2017

Alcohol is a very difficult smell to get out of anything, especially your breath. If you need to get rid of the alcohol smell on your breath, there are a few simple techniques you need to know about. Having fresh, pleasant breath is part of a basic hygiene routine for many people, but if you also enjoy an occasional drink or two now and then, keeping fresh, clean breath will take a little more work than simply brushing twice a day.

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  1. Drink plenty of water. Drinking water while you drink alcohol will help keep your mouth moist. When your mouth is dry, the presence of bacteria and the decomposition of proteins into sulphur compounds increase, both of which cause bad breath and contribute to the smell of alcohol on your breath.

  2. Avoid alcohol-based mouthwash. Some mouthwash brands have a high percentage of alcohol in them. Whether it comes from a beverage or mouthwash, alcohol dries out your mouth.

  3. Chew mint or fruit flavoured gum. Sour gum can also do the trick. Chewing gum will stimulate your salivary glands and help keep moisture in your mouth. The more moisture you have in your mouth, the less prominent the alcohol smell.

  4. Eat peanuts or other salty snacks while drinking alcohol. Salty snacks will help counteract a strong alcohol smell on your breath because they stimulate saliva production, much like chewing gum does. As a bonus, these types of snacks can also help protect your stomach lining from the damaging effects of alcohol.

  5. Eat foods with very strong flavours, like onion, garlic or lemon juice, to help get rid of an alcohol smell on your breath. Fresh onion and garlic are best for getting rid of an alcohol smell because they're more potent than artificial flavours.

  6. Warning

    Always drink responsibly.

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About the Author

J. Johnson has been completing freelance writing work since September 2009. Her work includes writing website content and small client projects. Johnson holds a degree in English from North Carolina State University.

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