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Why Perform A Breath Alcohol Test

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It’s estimated that one in ten Americans has an alcohol-dependency problem. Of all the drugs in the world, alcohol is a top killer.  Alcohol lowers the ability of the brain to control behavior and impairs the ability to drive. Effects will be different for each individual because of weight, amount of food in the stomach, and built-up tolerance level.

Alcohol will not affect you until it gets into your bloodstream. When an individual consumes alcohol, the amount of alcohol in their blood increases.  This amount of alcohol in a person’s blood is known as a blood-alcohol level. In fact, 20% to 40% of that alcohol will be absorbed into the bloodstream before it gets very far through the small intestines.  Once in the bloodstream, there are only three ways alcohol can be eliminated; approximately 2% is eliminated through the lungs (odor of breath), 3% through the urine, and about 95% is oxidized by the liver.

A breath alcohol test can determine how much alcohol is in your blood. The breath alcohol test works by measuring the amount of alcohol in the air you breathe out or exhale.

In the state of Virginia, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of 0.04% for non-commercial drivers and 0.08% for commercial motor vehicle drivers.  In other states, the blood alcohol limit may be lower.  Even though the legal blood-alcohol limit is 0.04% for non-commercial drivers and 0.08% for commercial drivers, when an individual’s blood alcohol level reaches 0.02% to 0.03%, they may notice a relaxing feeling known as a high. However, as the blood alcohol level increases the effects will be more significant.

At levels 0.05% to 0.10%, individuals will have:

  • Longer reaction time
  • Impaired judgment and response
  • Reduced muscle coordination

Driving or operating machinery under the influence of alcohol is hazardous. In some cases, a blood-alcohol level of more than 0.05% and less than 0.08%, along with other evidence plus the breath alcohol test results can result in a conviction of DUI in a court of law.

Other evidence would include the following:

  • Erratic driving
  • Bad behavior on the side of the road
  • Failure of the field sobriety tests

Department of Transportation Breath Alcohol Test

In order to keep the traveling public, coworkers and yourself safe, mandatory alcohol testing is required by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) for occupations that are considered safety sensitive. At Mednovations we only use DOT approved evidential breathalyzer for alcohol testing.  Evidential breathalyzers are the most accurate and reliable method for breath alcohol testing available.

The Department of Transportation requires safety-sensitive employees to perform alcohol and drug testing during the following situations:

  • Pre-employment
  • Reasonable Suspicion
  • Random
  • Return-to-duty
  • Follow-up
  • Post-Accident

At Mednovations we are here to assist you with all your alcohol testing needs regardless of whether they are required for employment, legal or personal reasons.

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Count on Mednovations for your breath alcohol test services that are accurate, with quick turnaround times and quality customer service. For more information regarding our breath alcohol test or other services contact us today or schedule your appointment online now.