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Family Physician
Family Physician, Board Certified MRO
Category: Drug Testing
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Experience:  Medical Review Officer - Physician Trained and certified in drug test interpretation
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AS YOU SAY IF SOMEONE BURPS BEFORE A BREATHALYSER THE READING

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AS YOU SAY IF SOMEONE BURPS BEFORE A BREATHALYSER THE READING MAY BE AFFECTED.I SUFFER FROM A HIATUS HERNIA AND OESOPHAGITIS.tHIS MAY BE WHY MY READING MAY HAVE MEASURED 12 PTS. OVER DRIVING LIMIT AFTER DRINKING !/2 TO 3/4 BOTTLE OF NIGHT NURSE TO RELIEVE BACK AND ARM PAIN (AM I SPEAKING TO THE SAME DOCTOR AS LAST NIGHT?)I DO NOT WANT TO BE REPEATING MYSELF BECAUSE I EXPLAINED WHY I DID THIS ALREADY.WHAT I WANT TO KNOW NOW IS WHETHER THERE IS ANY EVEDINCE TO BACK UP THIS THEORY?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Drug Testing
Expert:  Family Physician replied 4 years ago.
Thank you for your question:

While there may be concern about this issue, scientific studies have not really identified this as a problem. Standard breath alcohol testing procedures typically include a 10-15 minute period of observation with a second test done to avoid the issue of mouth alcohol etc.

Here are some studies that looked at this particular issue:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11714167

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10432616