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Effects of homeopathic mother tinctures on breath alcohol testing

Boatto, Gianpiero and Trignano, Claudia and Burrai, Lucia and Spanu, Andrea and Nieddu, Maria (2015) Effects of homeopathic mother tinctures on breath alcohol testing. Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 60 (Suppl. s1), S2131-S233. ISSN 0022-1198. eISSN 1556-4029. Article.

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DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.12662


In some countries, it is illegal to drive with any detectable amount of alcohol in blood; in others, the legal limit is 0.5 g/L or lower. Recently, some defendants charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and have claimed that positive breath alcohol test results were due to the ingestion of homeopathic mother tinctures. These preparations are obtained by maceration, digestion, infusion, or decoction of herbal material in hydroalcoholic solvent. A series of tests were conducted to evaluate the alcoholic content of three homeopathic mother tinctures and their ability to produce inaccurate breath alcohol results. Nine of 30 subjects gave positive results (0.11–0.82 g/L) when tests were taken within 1 min after drinking mother tincture. All tests taken at least 15 min after the mother tincture consumption and resulted in alcohol-free readings. An observation period of 15–20 min prior to breath alcohol testing eliminates the possibility of false-positive results.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:10398
Uncontrolled Keywords:Forensic science, homeopathic mother tinctures, breath analyzer, blood alcohol content, breath ethanol concentration, Dräger Alcotest 7110 MKIII
Subjects:Area 06 - Scienze mediche > MED/43 Medicina legale
Area 03 - Scienze chimiche > CHIM/08 Chimica farmaceutica
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Scienze Biomediche
001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Chimica e Farmacia
Publisher:Blackwell / Wiley
Deposited On:26 Nov 2014 12:49

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