I hate the smell of alcohol when it comes back up
. I am not to fond of it fresh as far as that goes. It is usually the "pukin' princesses" that can't seem to hold their liquor so their friends bring them to the ER. And, if they aren't puking we get to lavage them, then they puke!! Just about everything else is fine, you can sometimes tell what people have had for dinner if they are vomiting from being sick.
It is something you will get used to, there are a lot worse smells than vomit...C-Diff, Lower GI Bleed, smelly unwashed body parts..and the list goes on.
The worst one lately was this little guy, about 8, 2 weeks out from a tonsilectomy, white as Casper. Mom said he vomited a small amount of blood at the mall. While sitting at my triage desk, no warning whatsoever, he vomited a large amount of partially digested blood. He had probably been swallowing blood all afternoon. It looked like somebody had dropped a bowl of whole cranberry sauce on the floor. Anyhow, the little guy was sent downtown to a PICU, back to OR to stop the bleeding and received some blood b4 the night was over.
But, don't worry about it, you will get used to all of the bodily functions before you know it. And there is a lot more than vomit that will come out of your patients. Good Luck.
P.S. Do a search on a thread called "what freaks you out". Some great reading. And welcome to the board.