"My husband is a self-proclaimed functional alcoholic, and has no intention of quitting drinking. He drinks an average of 1 1/2 bottles of wine a night followed by a glass of scotch. He's 64, and has been drinking like this for over 40 years. Within the past month, he has developed the worst body odor I've ever smelled. It isn't ketosis, and has no chemical, alcohol, ammonia smell. It's a sweet stench that gets on the sheets, towels, everything he touches, and sometimes it goes away, but always comes back. I know it's alcohol-related, but would like to know exactly what it means, and exactly what causes it. I've read many of these (and other websites) posts, and have read a lot of guesses, but would like to know exactly what it is a symptom of. Is it liver-related, kidney-related, or what? I cannot stand that stench."