Category: Alcohol Testing

False Breathalyzer Results from Acetone in Breath: Breathalyzers often Give Inflated Readings

False breathalyzer results are caused by any of a number of things. (‘Breathalyzer’ has become generic for any alcohol breath testing device. But it’s actually a brand name. Others are Alcoscan, Alcosensor, BAC Datamaster, and Intoxilyzer.) However, a major cause of false breathalyzer results is acetone in the breath. I. Acetone Acetone in the breath …

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EtG Urine Alcohol Test Unreliable


The EtG urine alcohol test is in widespread use. But the test is unreliable. That’s the warning from SAMSHA. (The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.) The urine test is for testing compliance of people who are not to drink alcohol. I. Federal Warning The federal agency has issued an official warning. The …

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Alcohol Tests (Hair, Saliva, Sweat) Accurate? What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself

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Alcohol tests of the breath estimate blood alcohol concentration or BAC. Only blood tests can actually measure it. Other tests can also estimate drinking. They include hair, saliva and sweat tests. Discover the strengths and weaknesses of these different alcohol tests. I. Hair Alcohol Tests Hair alcohol tests can’t distinguish between not drinking and moderate drinking. …

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