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Low-carb diet can cause false-positive breath alcohol test
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Low-carbohydrate diets can cause a false positive on a breath alcohol test according to a new case report. 59-year-old man
A 59-year-old man on a very-low-calorie diet containing mostly protein and fat, but very little carbohydrates, could not start a car fitted with an alcohol ignition interlock device even though the man was a teatotaller.
Ketone bodies can be converted to alcohol under some circumstances
Low-carb diets cause the body to burn fat and produces ketone bodies which, in some situations, can be turned into isopropanol alcohol.
Jones A, Rossner S. False-positive breath-alcohol test after a ketogenic diet. Int J Obes (Lond). 2006 Aug 8.
Department of Forensic Chemistry
National Board of Forensic Medicine and University Hospital
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