WARSAW - A Polish lawmaker who failed a drink-driving test saidCute story. Could it be true?
he had eaten too many apples, the website of daily Gazeta Wyborcza said Monday.
Asked why a traffic police check Sunday showed he had 0.7 units of alcohol in his blood, Marek Latas denied having drunk alcohol that day.
"I am diabetic, I ate a few apples before driving.
"I have been involved in no accident, I underwent a routine roadside check. I was confident there was no chance I had alcohol in my blood," said Latas, a member of parliament for the conservative opposition Law and Justice Party. The prosecutor's office is investigating his case, the website said. In Poland, the legal limit for alcohol when driving is 0.2 units.
Assuming their alcohol limit is 0.05% (I don't understand 'units', that usually refers to drinks consumed.), the guy had a level of three and a half times that: 0.175%.
As a rule of thumb you blood alcohol level goes up by 0.01% per standard drink and down by 0.01% per hour. That blood level is equivalent to about 20 drinks over, say, three hours.
That's about 5 litres of 'liquor', requiring the juice of about three dozen apples.
Not only do you need to eat 36 apples, you need to retain them in your stomach for 3-6 days.
Not only do you need to retain them in your stomach for 3-6 days you need a yeast that will live in there. A stomach is about 100 times more acidic than the normal cider fermentation process. You need a super yeast and you need to be able to deal with a lot of released gas from the fermentation process. (burp).
And all that assumes that his liver is not metabolising the alcohol as it is produced.
Guilty as charged, I fear.