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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Can the Atkins Diet Get You Arrested?

Atkins_pictureThe DuiBlog reports that breathalyzers don't actually measure alcohol content.  They simply measure the amount of compounds in the breath that absorb energy--alcohol being a common one.  But many other compounds in the breath can also absorb energy, causing falsely high readings.  For example, being on a diet that causes low blood sugar can also cause a breathalyzer to reach a high "blood alcohol" content.  Since the Atkins diet works by dramatically lowering-blood sugar, be careful before driving under the influence of Atkins.  [Mark Godsey]

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