Pill helps drivers beat breathalyser
A pill is being offered for sale online which is designed to allow drivers to drink more alcohol and still pass a breathalyser (Mail Online).
The man selling the pills, Arthur Kibble, says the 'Alcopal' capsules give a breath test result which is nine times lower than it should be.
However, Mr Kibble says he is not advocating drinking and driving.
The Alcopal website says: “Going out to celebrate or just having a good time? ‘Be careful’ if your driving, always take Alcopal with you. Take the recommended dose and it will make all the difference if you're breathalyzed.
“Alcopal helps to reduce the alcohol breath you expel from your lungs.
“Alcopal effectively reduces and prevents the absorbtion of alcohol from the inner lining of the stomach and intestine into the systemic flow (blood stream). This helps in reducing the burden on the liver and kidneys.”
The Mail Online report says Mr Kibble has tested them himself on Home Office-approved Draegar Breathalyser machines.
Mr Kibble said: “The pills work by preventing the absorption of alcohol from the inner lining of the stomach and the intestine into the bloodstream. All of the ingredients are natural, there’s no prescription stuff in there.
“I am not advocating that motorists get blind drunk and then try to drive, but it does help you mentally. Because it prevents the uptake of alcohol and gives some protection to your liver and kidneys you’re more in control.
“I have had my lawyers check them out and they are perfectly safe and legal, otherwise I would not be selling them. They are targeted at anyone, especially those people who have two pints and are then banned for 12 months.
“What about bus drivers and taxi drivers who want to have a pint before work? Everyone does it, there’s a car park in every pub you go to.”
The legal limit for driving is 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath. Mr Kibble claims the Alcopal pills can reduce this reading to just 4mcg per 100ml.
The pills, which are produced in India, are offered for sale at £20 plus £3 postage per pack.
Kevin Clinton, RoSPA’s road safety spokesman, said: “It is dangerous and stupid and may encourage people to drink and drive in the belief they can get away with it.
“Drinking and driving kills hundreds of people every year in the UK and we would urge people to ignore this product and those selling it to stop doing so immediately.”