Read The Labels – Alcohol Could Be Lurking

By | July 2, 2015


If you’re using an Ignition Interlock Device (“IID”), or anything like that, do yourself a favor. Go through your house, read the labels on everything you have, and if the label says anything about alcohol, throw it away.

Example No. 1: mouthwash.


Among the inactive ingredients of my mouthwash is alcohol. The stuff is 21.6% alcohol. That, of course, means that it is 43.2 proof.

So if you rinse with this stuff, and then go blow into an IID, or a Smart Start In-Hom device, or a Soberlink, it will register that you blew positive, even if you haven’t been drinking alcohol.

Example No. 2: Kombucha tea.


Kombucha tea may have all kinds of healthful effects, but if you drink it, and then blow into an IID, it may register you as having been drinking alcohol.

Yes, the print on this particular label is tiny.

Yes, it’s a pain in the neck to go through everything you own and look to see if it contains any alcohol.

But going to jail is an even bigger pain in the neck. Hiring a lawyer to help you with a probation revocation is more expensive than just reading those labels.

Save yourself time, money, and trouble. Read the labels.