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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)



First Advisor

Herschel Frye

Second Advisor

Marvin H. Malone

First Committee Member

James W. Blankenship

Second Committee Member



However, interferences by inhaled volatile compounds are not the aim of the present study. The objective of this report is to determine if common food stuffs would cause an interference with the CMI Intoxilyzer. It has been theorized that if one has been eating while drinking alcoholic beverages, the food might cause an elevated breath-alcohol test result. Odorous foods were chosen on the theory that if it could be smelled on one's breath, it would perhaps elicit a reading on the instrument. The list of foods was further narrowed to those commonly found in eating and drinking establishments (i.e. pizza shops) or those foods taken in an attempt to conceal the presence of ethanol in the breath (i.e. mints and candies).