In general blood alcohol concentration is determined by means of breath alcohol analysis, i.e. The breath alcohol content enables conclusions to be reached on concentration of alcohol in the normally examined blood in the veins. Prerequisites for this are: (1) accurate procedure for quantitatively and qualitatively determining alcohol in the breath. A survey of older and newer equipment shows that this is possible; (2) information on the distribution of alcohol in the resorption and elimination phase; (3) information on the alveolar air; (4) information on the composition of the expired air. Whereas condition 1 is met or can be met, aspects of conditions 2 - 4 need clarification, and as yet no exact basis for evaluation exists. With this state of affairs, breath alcohol determination cannot replace blood alcohol determination, at least for forensic purposes. (TRRL)

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    International Com on Alcohol Drugs & Traf Safety

    Hammerbrookstrasse 93
    2000 Hamburg 1,   Germany 
  • Authors:
    • Gruener, O
  • Publication Date: 1980


  • German

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 351-366
  • Serial:
    • Blutalkohol
    • Volume: 17
    • Issue Number: 5
    • Publisher: Bund gegen Alkohol im Strassenverkehr eV
    • ISSN: 0006-5250

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00331408
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM