This article considers the various chemical testing procedures to establish the presence or absence of alcohol in the body, to determine the concentration in body fluids and tissues, to permit calculation of the approximate total quantity of alcohol in the body, and to furnish the basis for calculation of the approximate volume of alcoholic liquor or beverage which may have been ingested within some hours prior to collection of the sample. The existing methods, although large in number, fall into two categories: laboratory tests, applied principally to the analysis of blood, urine, and saliva; on-the-spot tests applied to the analysis of exhaled breath. Both categories of methods require not only understanding of the chemical principles but also skill in the chemical and instrumental manipulations.

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    American Medical Association

    535 North Dearborn Street
    Chicago, IL  United States  60610
  • Authors:
    • Friedemann, T E
    • Dubowski, K M
  • Publication Date: 1959-5-2

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  • Accession Number: 00453158
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Reprint, HS-039 324
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1986 12:00AM