You may not realize it, but when you party hard on the weekends, chances are high that you may have annoying and embarrassing alcohol breath come Monday. Going to class or the office with alcohol breath is not a good choice.
Certain volatile molecules in the mouth lead to halitosis or bad breath, according to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine. Alcohol is one such volatile molecule that it can make your breath stink real bad.
Alcohol is not easily digested, as the body sees it as a toxin. It’s metabolized by the liver, but the liver works at a rate that processes only one drink per hour. Due to this slow process, alcohol accumulates in your bloodstream and body tissues, including your lungs, while waiting to be metabolized. This causes the alcohol breath.
This problem is common in all people who drink in excess. Aside from the bad smell, people around you will consider you as “still drunk”, since the alcohol is clearly still in your system.
To make sure that people do not know that you’ve been drinking a bit too much, you can use simple and easy tricks to get rid of the lingering smell.
Here are some of the ways to get rid of alcohol breath.
1. Eat Something with Your Drink
To reduce the severity of alcohol breath, you must eat something before or while you are drinking. Chewing food stimulates the production of saliva, and food in your stomach helps absorb some of the alcohol you drink.
Snacks like peanuts, cashews, popcorn, potato chips and other munchies as well as finger foods are some good options you can try.
Simply keep on snacking periodically while you are enjoying your beer or cocktails.
2. Drink More Water
Just like it is recommended to eat something while you drink, it is also important to drink more water.
Alcohol makes your mouth dry, due to its diuretic effect. A dry mouth is a better environment for odor-causing bacteria.