Category: Alcohol Testing

Teach Safe Drinking to Your College-Bound Teen

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Parents should teach safe drinking to their college-bound high school teens. Students also need to learn how not to drink and how to drink less according to Dr. Dwight B. Heath of Brown University. He is the world’s leading anthropological authority on alcohol and drinking. It once was a happy time when high school seniors …

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Breathalyzer Mistakes Poisoning for Alcohol Intoxication

Breathalyzers (alcohol brearth testers) are prone to error. This can lead to serious legal problems. However, they can also lead to seriously mistaken medical diagnoses. Case in point. A breathalyzer mistakes poisoning for alcohol intoxication. Here’s the story. Police found an apparently intoxicated middle-aged man in a public park. A breathalyzer recorded a 0.288 blood …

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How Long Breathalyzers Can Detect Alcohol: Information!

Discover how long breathalyzers can detect alcohol. It’s easy to know. I. Calculating Detection Time. Basically, two things determine how long a breathalyzer can detect alcohol. One is person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level. The other is how long ago they drank. (“Breathalyzer” is really a brand name of an alcohol breath detector. Other names …

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Accuracy of Ignition Interlock Devices (IIDs): The Truth

Ignition interlock devices (IIDs) are alcohol breath testers attached to other equipment in a motor vehicle. As such, they are subject to the various sources of error that plague other breath testers. Makers typically gloss over the inadequacies of the machines they sell. They’re frequently guilty of making claims not verified by other researchers. So …

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Tequila: Myths, Terms, Resources, Brands, and Much More!

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I. Tequila: What is It? Tequila is a distilled beverage from the fermented sugars of the blue agave (agave tequilana weber azul). Producers must make it in the Mexican state of Jalisco or in a few other specific areas of the country. And from agave grown in those areas. Agaves that grow in the highlands …

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Alcohol Proof & Alcohol by Volume: Definitions, Explanation

Alcohol proof. What is it? Is it different in different countries? How did it get that name? You’ve come to the right place for answers. I. Gunpowder Test So what’s alcohol proof? In the early 1700s, people measured the alcohol content of distilled beverages by using gunpowsder. That is, they would “prove” the beverage acceptable. …

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Hand Sanitizers Can Cause Falsely High Breathalyzer Results

Hand sanitizers can cause breathalyzer results to give falsely high blood alcohol concentration (BAC) readings. Thus people who administer breathalyzer tests can accidentally raise BAC readings if they use hand sanitizers. This can be a serious problem, especially in hospital. In most medical settings, people generally use hand sanitizers many times a day. These liquids …

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Heart Attack Survival Increased by Drinking Alcohol

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Research shows that drinking alcohol improves heart attack survival. This is true of drinking both before and after a heart attack. I. Heart Attack Survival This isn’t surprising. Drinking alcohol in moderation improves heart health. It also reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases. This includes heart attacks. That is, myocardial infarctions (MI) or acute myocardial infarctions (AMI). …

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Auto-Brewery Syndrome: Fail a Breathalyzer without Drinking!

Endogenous alcohol is ethanol that is produced naturally in all living humans. The resulting blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is generally  low. However, auto-brewery syndrome is associated with very high BACs. It occurs after eating meals rich in carbohydrates. Although everyone has endogenous alcohol in their bloodstream, auto-brewery syndrome is rare. Its origin is in the …

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Hair Alcohol Tests: How Long Can They Detect Drinking?

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Many people want to know how long hair alcohol tests can detect drinking alcoho. They can detect it much longer than either a breathalyzer or a saliva test. But their precision is low. In addition, their reliability and validity are very poor. I. Hair Alcohol Tests There are two types of hair alcohol tests. One …

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