If you go by one man’s testimony, you may want to avoid getting behind the wheel after enjoying a heaping portion of beer-battered fish and chips.
In October 2014, John Przybla was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated after his truck was pulled over for a broken tail light and the officer smelled alcohol on his breath. The man denied having drank any alcohol, blaming the smell on beer-battered fish he had just eaten; however, his breath alcohol test showed a result of .062—way over the .02 limit.
To provide some insight, we spoke to Stephen Herz, clinical director of Reawakening Wellness Center, a rehab center in Florida, who sees little truth in the plea. “First, alcohol does burn off when heated, not completely, but enough to not taint one’s breath. Second, a breathalyzer tests lung air, not your breath. You can use a mouthwash that has alcohol in it (Listerine) and not blow positive for alcohol, unless, of course, you drank it.”