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Doctor insights on: Breath Alcohol Testing Limits

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Dr. Greg Rubin Dr. Rubin
Dentistry
33 years in practice
Tel Aviv University, Sackler School of Medicine
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How will listerine affect an alcohol breath test?

How will listerine affect an alcohol breath test?

Listerine affects te: Yes, listerine will affect the test reading. Please google the following article, entitled "field sobriety testing: intoxilyzers and listerine antiseptic" published in the july 1985 issue of the police chief (p. 70). ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Knecht Dr. Knecht
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
27 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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Type 1 diabetic friend had too much alcohol and now has acetone breath very strong, how to help him?

Type 1 diabetic friend had too much alcohol and now has acetone breath very strong, how to help him?

Check blood sugar: Hi. Make sure she/he is taking her/his basal insulin, whether eating or not. DO NOT stop basal insulin. If patient has diabetic ketoacidosis (which is possible from your description), she/he may need to go to the ER. Don't stop insulin!!! ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg Dr. Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
45 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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How does the alcohol in your blood get into your exhaled breath when a cop tests you with a breathalyzer?

How does the alcohol in your blood get into your exhaled breath when a cop tests you with a breathalyzer?

Excreted by lungs: Many substances are excreted by the lungs, and alcohol is one of them. Many other volatile substances, such as ether and other anesthetics, are also excreted in breath. ...Read more

Dr. Dominick Curalli Dr. Curalli
Dentistry
16 years in practice
University of Washington School of Dentistry
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Alcohol or non alcohol based mouthwash for bad breath?

Alcohol or non alcohol based mouthwash for bad breath?

Either: Both types of mouthwash are going to have agents in them that will kill bacteria that tend to cause bad breath. If you are aware of halitosis, be sure to brush your tongue well, especially toward the back. This is a common source for bad breath. Also be sure to get your teeth cleaned at the dentist if it has been a while. Mouthwash helps, but often just covers up the real problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
Pain Management
32 years in practice
UCLA School of Dentistry
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Does listerine without the alcohol just over mass bad breath or dose work the same as the reg.?

Does listerine without the alcohol just over mass bad breath or dose work the same as the reg.?

No difference : About 25 %-30% of Americans suffer from chronic bad breath. The most common cause of the bad breath is bacteria. Bacteria that cause bad breath release sulfur compounds and it stinks. Regardless, what kind of mouthwash is used, the best way to get rid of bacteria: floss and brush teeth and clean the tongue twice a day. Also see your dentist on the regular basis at least 2X a year. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. William Byars Dr. Byars
Family Medicine
40 years in practice
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Can there be a relation between thyroid condition and breath that smells like alcohol?

Can there be a relation between thyroid condition and breath that smells like alcohol?

No: Not to my knowledge. Breath that smells like alcohol should be considered to be from alcohol until proven otherwise. ...Read more

Dr. James Rotchford Dr. Rotchford
Addiction Medicine
37 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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What is the difference between someone's blood alcohol level and breath alcohol level?

What is the difference between someone's blood alcohol level and breath alcohol level?

They are similar: Breath alcohol levels relate to blood alcohol levels. They are used because of the problems of getting ready access to blood alcohol levels - which is the gold standard for predicting effects from alcohol. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Wartenberg Dr. Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
45 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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When i drink a beverage with alcohol i sometimes find it hard to breath. This is with just 1-2 beers or mix drinks. What could cause this?

When i drink a beverage with alcohol i sometimes find it hard to breath. This is with just 1-2 beers or mix drinks.  What could cause this?

Don't know: Feeling short-of-breath (dyspnea) can result from a number of thinks involving the heart and lungs, but also can relate to anxiety. Some people are very sensitive to alcohol effects and have an exaggerated and sometimes paradoxical response where small amounts of alcohol can trigger what feels like a panic attack. Cannot say from your description - you need to see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Calvin Weisberger Dr. Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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What causes shortness of breath the day after drinking alcohol?

Sob: Many possibilities some depend on how much alcohol you drank the day before and what your general physical and cardiovascular condition is. Did you aspirate? ...Read more

Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky Dr. Belilovsky
Pediatrics
31 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Dr. Philip Gilly Dr. Gilly
Addiction Medicine
35 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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I have copd, can I drink alcohol or will it cause me to have shortage of breath?

I have copd, can I drink alcohol or will it cause me to have shortage of breath?

Probably will ...: Eating carbohydrates, or drinking alcohol or sugary drinks requires the body to use more oxygen during their digestion than for proteins or fats. This causes someone to breathe a little more deeply, however having COPD will make this difficult and feel like shortness of breath. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Steinbach Dr. Steinbach
Family Medicine
years in practice
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If I have shortness of breath and I am not yet diagnosed with anything should I not drink alcohol? I have a friends 18th

If I have shortness of breath and I am not yet  diagnosed with anything should I not drink alcohol? I have a friends 18th

Dont drink: feeling short of breath can be caused by many things, and alcohol would make almost all of them worse. So dont drink alcohol and do consult a practitoner. ...Read more

Dr. Kevin Passer Dr. Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
31 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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Will the alcohol in breath mints and mouthwash cause nausea if I am taking flagyl?

Will the alcohol in breath mints and mouthwash cause nausea if I am taking flagyl?

Not usually: There is such a small amount of alcohol in mints you should not have a problem. Mouthwash usually does contain alcohol, but you should be fine as long as you don't swallow it. I wouldn't worry about it. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Robert Sterling Dr. Sterling
Emergency Medicine
41 years in practice
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Feel dizzy, short of breath and nauseous around even the smell of alcohol. Why is this?

Feel dizzy, short of breath and nauseous around even the smell of alcohol. Why is this?

ThePositivSideOfFear: Is it when you smell medicinal alcohol (like rubbing alcohol)?If so than maybe you have a fear of hospitals. Or when you smell an adult beverage(like a shot of scotch)?If so,then maybe you've had a bad experience in the past, like getting wicked drunk,puking your guts out. In any case,you'll be motivated to stay off the booze and stay healthy!!And-some people just have aversions to certain odors- ...Read more

Dr. Michael Sparacino Dr. Sparacino
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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