Alcohol handwash and drink-driving

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A New Zealand doctor has been convicted of drink-driving, despite blaming an alcohol handwash he used at work. Ian Denholm, 53, had pleaded not guilty to the charge, saying the surgical handwash put him over the legal limit.

The orthopaedic surgeon has been fined $275 (£180) and had his licence suspended for six months by a Wellington court. The doctor claimed his eczema provided an extraordinary ability to absorb alcohol in the hand wash gel he used to scrub up after operations.

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