Ice Cream Causes Breathalyser False Positives

Have to take a breathalyzer test? Whatever you do, don't eat ice cream beforehand. Here's what one Australian man found out the hard way: Bubble O' Bill ice cream treat will cause the test to come up positive for alcohol!

Prosecutors inquired why the machine had registered a "fail," which prevents the car from starting, despite the man's claims that he had not been drinking.

The man claimed the alcohol reading was the result of eating a Bubble O' Bill ice cream treat and Magistrate Rod Crisp ordered a test to be performed to back up the claim. Police recorded the man's blood alcohol content as 0.00 and performed the test a second time after he took a few bites of Bubble O' Bill, yielding a 0.018 reading.

Link - Thanks Denita!


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I'm guessing that the ice cream was sugar free, since most sugar free products use sugar alcohol instead of sugar. By the same logic, it is possible to get a false positive by chewing sugar free gum.
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Edward, that's why after you test positive for a breathalyzer you get hauled back to the shop for a blood test. That's how it works in Canada...
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