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Can benzyl alcohol cause positive readings while doing Blood…

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Hi can benzyl alcohol cause positive readings while doing Blood Alcohol Concentration or Breathalyser test

Doctor's Assistant: Is this a time sensitive issue? What type of specimen are they testing?

Normal breathalyser uses blows of air through mouth and a subject has been found positive. He claimed he used a lip balm which contained benzyl alcohol

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Drug Testing Expert: Dr. David, Board Certified Physician replied 8 months ago
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Drug Testing Expert: Dr. David, Board Certified Physician replied 8 months ago

the chances of a lip balm causing a positive alcohol breathalyzer test is very very low

it is most likely the person had been drinking alcohol

what was the breathalyzer test reading? was it very high?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
It was 0.004% in the first attempt and again 0.004% in the second attempt, there was an interval of 17 minutes between the two attempts
Drug Testing Expert: Dr. David, Board Certified Physician replied 8 months ago

0.004% is a tiny amount and can be caused by use of alcohol mouth washes several hours ago

or possibly from alcohol in the lip balm.

it is a very low amount.

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