What is "hobo cologne"?

asked 01 Apr '13, 14:53

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Hobo Cologne is one of many slang terms used in AA meetings (Alcoholics Anonymous), a substance abuse treatment program for alcoholics and families dealing with alcoholism.

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Hobo Cologne usually refers to a body odor caused by ketoacidosis.

The technical name for it is 'Alcohol Ketoacidosis' It is a condition which arises when a person has consumed so much alcohol that the fumes are literally oozing out of their pours. At check stops, the police use a device (Passive Alcohol Sensor) which senses this odor and can tell if you've been drinking, even if you refuse a 'Breathalyzer test'.


answered 24 May '13, 15:24

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