Saliva helps cleanse and moisten the mouth. Alcohol dries the mouth. A dry mouth makes dead cells to collect on the tongue, gums and cheeks. These cells decompose and increases the numbers of anaerobic bacteria producing odor. Alcohol in mouthwashes causes dry mouth. It will kill bad breath bacteria, but only for a few hours, and later the bad bacteria will return into a dry environment, which will only exacerbate the problem. Alcohol- it destroys enzymes and lacto bacteria, not to mention actual cells (particularly brain cells).