Why you should consider options besides a breathalyzer in DUI cases

A lot of the time when a person is arrested on a police officerís suspicion of drunk driving the driver may have had a drink or two but still might lack the feeling of being under the influence of alcohol. The next part of the process is for the alleged DUI offender to take a breathalyzer, blood test, or even a urine test. The most common choice among presumed drunk drivers is the breathalyzer. However, this choice often destroys an innocent personís chances to prove themselves. When considering which alcohol test to take, many different pieces of advice can be taken into account .

1.) If you are a person who diets a lot, specifically a low-carb diet, it's best to avoid the breathalyzer completely. It is recommended to choose another DUI test even if you simply havenít had much to eat in a few hours. The reason for this is because when someone is on a low-carb diet or hasnít eaten lately, the creation of glucose in the liver is inhibited and their blood sugar levels will drop rapidly. This drop in blood sugar causes ketoacidosis which creates a product called acetone. Acetone is very similar to acetaldehyde, which is read by a breathalyzer as alcohol. Even if you are a completely healthy person who consumed only a few drinks of alcohol, you will experience embellished, fake symptoms of drunk driving.

2.) Using breath spray or mouthwash is another common, but often fatal mistake driverís make. Many drivers first instinct when they see those flashing lights behind them is to grab their mouthwash in hopes of covering up the smell of alcohol on their breath. However, what many people donít realize is that the mouthwash they use has 27% alcohol in it and that alcohol can stay in their oral cavity for 20 minutes and will display an innacurate and abnormally high reading on a breathalyzer.

3.) Smoking cigarettes can cause a considerable rise in the breathalyzer reading. The lungs of smokers contain greater amounts of a compound called acetaldehyde than the lungs of non-smokers. Acetaldehyde is created in the liver as a result in the metabolism of alcohol and breathalyzerís cannot decipher alcohol from acetaldehyde.

4.) An inaccurate reading result from something as simple as burping before taking the breathalyzer. Even if you have acid reflux it is advisable to offer a blood sample instead. The reason for this is similar to #2 in that belching and acid reflux can force the alcoholic gases in your stomach into your esophagus, throat, and oral cavity, where again, they will stay for up to 20 minutes. This causes unusually high and inaccurate readings.

5.) Diabetics are plagued with low blood sugar levels every day. These people should always avoid the breath test for the same reasons as anyone who is on a low-carb diet or hasnít eaten in awhile. The low-blood sugar creates a false reading of acetaldehyde, not alcohol. Even worse, diabetics experiencing low-blood sugar almost always experience symptoms of lightheadedness, faintness, lack of coordination, blurry vision, and slurred speech; all of which are symptoms that a police officer mightdeem as intoxication.


 

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