This looks like a nice and profitable piece of woo.
Campaigners are calling for pills which allow drivers to drink five pints of beer and still pass a breathalyser test to be banned after a businessman began selling them in the UK.
Arthur Kibble, 64, boasts the ‘Alcopal’ capsules allow motorists to drink until they are over the limit, yet still give a breath test which is nine times lower than it should be.
The claim is that the pills (all natural! Quite possibly organic and vegan too!) stop alcohol absorption through the stomach wall. Which, if true, would delay booze in the stomach from getting into the blood stream and thus would work.
However, it would only delay (I know very little biology but I am certain that as the alcohol gets further down the gut it will just be absorbed there even if they do work), not prevent.
A couple of things occur: firstly, if they’re all natural then why did a pharmaceutical firm develop them?
More importantly, anyone at all can drink five pints and then drive safely and soberly. For alcohol takes time to get into the bloodstream. Neck five pints and drive for 10 minutes and you’ll still be under the limit. Drink 5 pints over 2 hours and you won’t be. I have a very strong feeling indeed that that is the effect which is being exploited.