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Why you should consider options besides a breathalyzer in DUI cases

Many times a person may be arrested on a police officerís suspicion of drunk driving. The driver may have had a drink or two but might still lack that feeling of being completely under the influence of alcohol. The next step is for a breathalyzer, blood test, or even a urine test to be taken by the suspected DUI offender. The breathalyzer is the most common choice among presumed drunk drivers. This choice often ruins an personís chances to prove their innocence. Numerous pieces of advice can be taken into account when considering which alcohol test you'll take.

1.) If you are someone who diets often, specifically a low-carb diet, it's best to avoid the breathalyzer altogether. 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 a person is on a low-carb diet or hasnít eaten in awhile, the creation of glucose in the liver is inhibited and their blood sugar levels will plummet. This drop in blood sugar causes ketoacidosis which creates a product called acetone. Acetone is like 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 to cover 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 inaccurate 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.) Even something as simple as burping before taking the breathalyzer can result in an incorrect reading. It is advisable to offer a blood sample instead of a breathalyzer if you have acid reflux or have belched. Belching and acid reflux both can cause the alcoholic gases in your stomach to be forced into your esophagus, throat, and oral cavity, where again, they will stay for as long as 20 minutes. This causes unusually high and inaccurate blood alcohol counts.

5.) Diabetics who are plagued with low blood sugar every day should definitely 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 can make 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 might deem as drunk driving.

 

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