What does alcohol breath smell like?
November 3, 2010 10:25 PM Subscribe
What does alcohol on someone else's breath smell like?
posted by Fiasco da Gama to Food & Drink (32 answers total)
Apparently I have reached adulthood without realising I have a very poor sense of smell.
I always thought that smelling alcohol "on one's breath" was a figure of speech (like being "blind" drunk when you're not, actually, blind) or an urban legend to scare underage drinkers, but I discover that it's actually something people can genuinely smell without a breathanalysis machine.
What is the smell—is it the smell of the alcohol itself, or the residue of the wine/beer/spirit? How would you describe the smell? Is it pleasant, unpleasant, or does it depend? Is it noticeable just after one or two standard drinks or is it evidence strictly of a longer session? Does it go away quickly?
Disclaimer: I do drink, and I definitely know the smell of alcohol in a liquid. I've just never smelled it on human breath.