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body odor from alcoholism

My husband is an alcoholic and has a very strong unpleasant body odor that consumes the room and his clothing.  Is the cause of this odor from the alcohol and a symptom of something going wrong in his body?  He refuses to admit he is an alcoholic and refuses to get a complete physical
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Most alcoholics dont practice good personal hygiene,
I dont know if this oder is due to that or if he has some other health problems that are causing it. He will need to see a Doctor to get the answer to that question.
You need to get some support for yourself. I would suggest you go to an Al anon support group.    
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Hi Ginny,
Welcome to Medhelp. I dont think the smell would indicate that something is wrong other than he is drinking way to much. I am concerned for his heath. How long has he been an alcoholic and how old is he? Also how much does he consume on a daily basis? When was the last time he had a physical and were his bilirubin, ast/alt all in normal range on the blood lab sheet?

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He is 70, and when I think back, he has probably been an alcoholic for most of our marriage - 44 years.  He goes out at night without me so I do not know how much he drinks, but the times I am with him, I don't keep track, but he gets pretty drunk.  A physical?  He refuses to have one, so I do not know any blood labs.  I have been told by a doctor that the alcohol is metabolizing into something that smells like formaldahyde. He bathes every day.
I appreciates everyone's input
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Ginny here is what I found on the subject. I dont know what this might mean to your husband but I say it is imperative that he gets into a doctor. I dont know what formaldahyde smells like or if this is even what you are smelling. Sorry I couldn't be more help, here is the acrticle I found:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1138
Alcohol Hangover (formaldehyde from methanol impurity), Robert M Swift, Dena
Davidson 1998: Murray 2004.11.17

"One specific congener implicated in hangover effects is methanol, which
is an alcohol compound found in alcoholic beverages along with ethanol.
The two compounds differ slightly in chemical structure in that methanol
contains one less carbon atom and two fewer hydrogen atoms than ethanol.
The same enzymes that metabolize ethanol, alcohol dehydrogenase, and
aldehyde dehydrogenase also metabolize methanol; however, the products
of methanol metabolism (i.e., formaldehyde and formic acid) are extremely
toxic and in high concentrations may cause blindness and death.

Support for methanol's contribution to hangovers comes from several sources.
For example, distilled spirits that are more frequently associated with the
development of a hangover, such as brandies and whiskeys, contain the
highest concentrations of methanol. Moreover, in an experimental study
with four subjects who consumed red wine containing 100 milligrams per
liter (mg/L) of methanol, Jones (1987) found that elevated blood levels of
methanol persisted for several hours after ethanol was metabolized, which
corresponded to the time course of hangover symptoms. Methanol lingers
after ethanol levels drop, because ethanol competitively inhibits methanol
metabolism.

The fact that ethanol readministration fends off hangover effects may be
further evidence of methanol's contribution to the hangover condition, given
ethanol's ability to block methanol metabolism and thereby slow the
production of formaldehyde and formic acid.

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I've never heard of such.  But I am no medical expert. I know that if someone has persistent bad breath that it can be indicative of liver disease, and as you know can be a result from alcohol abuse.  But I've never known anyone that had persistent body odor from alcohol use.  That is to say as long as they kept up with their daily hygiene. Most definitely they will have an alcohol odor which can permeate through the skin pores but not what you are describing...and I've known a lot of alcoholics.
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There may be other health concerns involved being that he is 70. Yet another reason to get to a doctor ASAP.
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My alcolholic sister recently died from a stroke.  Over the past 2 years she had put on a lot of weight and would constantly smell like recent and heavily used nail polish remover despite wearing perfume.

I was told by the funeral director that her liver looked like end stage cirrhosis and that he didn't know how she was functioning like that.  I think this smell was related to the liver being unable to process the alcohol.  Is this what you are smelling?
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the strong order is coming through his pores.  He is 33 years old and tells me he has been drinking many years.  This is my grandson.  I don't have to hear him come in the house, because I smell him when he enters.  Is there a dedorant that can help somewhat?  He lives with me so I know he baths everyday.
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My step father used to have the same thing growing up.

He drank cheap whisky all day long, even while at work, and even more after work, and he constantly stank.  Even when he would take showers, he would still stink.

He eventually sobered up after his 4th DWI accident, when they took his drivers license for 2 years and made him attend court ordered AA or face 6 months jail time - I think he was around 44 or so at the time.

Amazingly, shortly after he stopped drinking, his terrible body odor went away.

Sadly, he died from lung cancer not long afterwards, just before he turned 45.

But yeah, drinking alcohol all the time can definitely give some people nasty BO.
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