The Effect Of Smoking And Cough Medicine On Alcohol Breathing Test?
Good evening, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Alcohol breath test is a test that is done to detect alcohol levels in the body by measuring the alcohol exhaled by the breath. This is possible because when a person consumes alcohol, the alcohol is absorbed while in the intestines, circulates in the bloodstream and enters the brain and lungs. In the brain it will affect a person's thoughts, and in the lungs it will come out in the form of steam or breath that we exhale.
Regarding your question, there are various types of alcohol breath tests, which can be manual and electronic tests. Especially for electronic ones, cigarettes have an effect on reading and show false positive results because cigarettes produce substances that are mistaken for alcohol by the device, and on the other hand, cigarettes also affect the absorption of alcohol in the body, so it will also affect blood tests.
For cough medicine, so far there has been no research to convey it, besides also because there are so many types of cough medicines with various compositions. So it seems that as long as there is no alcohol content, consuming it will not affect the results. But despite all that, the best detection of alcohol is to stick with blood tests and urine tests, not breath tests. So, hopefully it answers your question.