The ALCO-PAL tablet, produced in India and already banned in the USA, allegedly works by lowering the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream. This in turn reduces the level of alcohol expelled by the lungs, thereby producing a false breathalyser result. Its main ingredient is simethicone which is routinely prescribed to treat digestive discomfort.
It’s important to note that these tablets will not prevent you getting drunk and Mr Kibble does say: “I am not advocating motorists get blind drunk and then try to drive. And I must stress that these tablets do nothing to improve the performance of a driver who has been drinking.”
However, it does seem irresponsible to be selling such a product-whether they actually work or not. They could easily engender a false sense of security and you can just imagine someone taking more than the recommended dose in a vain attempt to get away with driving after a skinful.
I would imagine the authorities are looking at getting this product banned ASAP.