Products Containing Alcohol
To avoid accidental exposure to alcohol, avoid eating, drinking, smoking, or interacting with products that might contain alcohol at least 20 minutes before a Soberlink test is submitted. Your Soberlink device should also be kept in its case and away from coming in contact with products containing alcohol when not in use. Consult with a pharmacist to confirm whether a product contains alcohol.
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Many household items contain alcohol in various amounts; some contain ethanol, the type of alcohol found in beverages like beer or liquor. Yet, most include other types of alcohol, including isopropyl, ethyl, methyl, or acetone.
The list of products containing alcohol can include but is not limited to, cold, cough, and allergy medicines, vitamins, mouthwash, and even some foods like yeast and vinegar.
To ensure the integrity of each test, Soberlink advises Monitored Clients to consult product labels or their pharmacist for alcohol content in OTC or prescription medications. Monitored Clients should also be aware that many OTC medications contain a maximum of 10% alcohol content, with some prescription drugs exceeding this level.
Monitored Clients and practitioners should be advised, manufacturers change product ingredients and brand names frequently. Always check product labeling for definitive information on specific components that may elicit a non-compliant test.
The Soberlink System is unique because it includes a Retest Cycle. In the event of a positive test, the Monitored Client will be prompted to retest every 15 minutes until they are compliant. Accidental exposure to alcohol from things like mouthwash should dissipate within 15 minutes, and the retest should result in a compliant .00 BAC.