The Breath Alcohol Section can be reached at (804) 786-6971 or by FAX at (804) 786-6139.
Only the passage of time will “sober up” an individual.
Average elimination rates range from 0.010 to 0.020 g/210L per hour. For example, an individual with a 0.10 Breath Alcohol Concentration (BAC) would reach a 0.00 BAC in 5 to 10 hours.
Following the normal dosing instructions, cough medicine will not produce a blood alcohol reading.
Yes, people with asthma can typically provide breath samples.
This belief is incorrect. A penny under the tongue does not contribute to or alter the breath reading.
Dentures and tongue rings do not affect the breath test result as long as a 20 minute observation is performed.
To allow any residual mouth alcohol to be absorbed.
Yes, breath tests are very accurate. The instrumentation is held to a standard of 3% or 0.003 g/210 L of vapor (whichever is greater) for accuracy, and 0.003 g/210 L of vapor for precision.