Let us begin with the nemesis of a good night of drinking, the dreaded breathalyzer. You know the feeling, when you are leaving the club, feeling good and not realizing that you had a little bit too much to drink. As you go home, you see the lights up ahead and your heart drops into your stomach. The officer checks you out and asks you to pull over followed by random tests and if the officer is not convinced, you get the breathalyzer. Body size doesn’t matter and neither does the type of drink. Tolerance makes a little bit of a difference. It all depends on what you drank and how your body absorbs alcohol.
How a Breathalyzer Works
Analyzing how a breathalyzer works will help understand how to beat it. When you drink a jack (jack daniels) and coke, your throat, stomach and intestines absorb the alcohol (ethanol) that is mixed in the solution. As ethanol is absorbed into your bloodstream, your blood passes through the lungs to gather oxygen. As it passes, the oxygen displaces some ethanol in the lungs and as you exhale, ethanol is excreted out of your body. This doesn’t mean that the lungs act as a filter to remove alcohol from the bloodstream. But rather, it represents what your blood alcohol content (BAC) is in the bloodstream (2100:1). So as you exhale, your approximate blood alcohol level can be detected by a breathalyzer.
How to Lower a Breathalyzer Reading
So by now you are hoping that you can pass a breathalyzer if you had something to drink. Well, the truth is you can’t beat a breathalyzer but you can lower your BAC count detected. The first myth that I want to dispel is that putting a copper penny in your mouth during the breathalyzer will counteract it. That is a big fat lie. The penny or the copper in it does nothing to counteract alcohol detected by the breathalyzer. Salted peanuts, mustard, mint, onions and mouthwash (contains alcohol dummy) don’t work either. These are all myths.
First of all, drink responsibly but if you must drink, drink early in the night and then switch to water. Keep to an average of one drink an hour. Stay away from hard liquors since they are higher in alcohol content. The lower the alcohol concentration, the better chance you have of passing the test. Keep in mind that drinking a 24 pack of Coors light and then driving will not save you.
Alcohol is removed from your bloodstream a few ways. Your kidneys remove alcohol in urine, when you sweat, alcohol is emitted and breathing. Alcohol is metabolized at the rate of .015 of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) every hour. Now, you are legally drunk at 0.08 BAC. So if you stop drinking when you reach 0.09, it will take 6 hours for the alcohol to leave your bloodstream. Based on this, time is your greatest friend. But after your last drink, your BAC will not drop, it will keep going up because your body is still metabolizing your last drink.
Another tip is to keep your windows open when you drive to get the smell of alcohol away from your system and breathe regularly. So if an officer confronts you, don’t get nervous or else he will literally smell the sweat coming from you. If you get caught (because you are stupid), a last resort that does help lower your blood alcohol content is distorting your breathing. Remember that alcohol is analyzed based on breathing content. Hyperventilating (breathing quickly) will reduce your alcohol count since you are dispelling it out of your system. So the more you breathe, the lower the count will be. Just don’t get caught doing it and be careful since hyperventilating may lead to dizziness and passing out. It might not make you pass but it might soften your blow.
Has anyone successfully tried this technique or other technique?