are available on a limited basis.
Course Length: 1 Day (7.5 Hours)
Alcohol is the drug
of choice for many persons. Law enforcement officers, corrections
officers, probation and parole officers, DUI coordinators, alcohol
treatment professionals, other drug and alcohol professionals,
nurses, teachers, driver training professionals, and others deal
with the determination of excessive use and/or abuse legally,
professionally, and personally. Users of this beverage often detail
narratives of intake, effect, testing and degree of impairment
with both honest and self-serving denial or description of events.
Alcohol is consumed
both in moderation, and through abuse, on a frequent basis by
large segments of the population. What actually is it? What does
it really do inside the human body? What are the various types
and strengths of alcohol beverages? How is alcohol used? What
are the effects of its use and abuse? What are the interactive
effects of various combinations of illegal and over-the-counter
drugs with alcohol? What myths are widely circulated about DUI
detection and arrests? This workshop will discuss these and other
related issues. Participants will confront the myths of alcohol
by way of recent studies.
Included is an introduction
to the forensic testing of blood and breath for alcohol, and a
discussion of preliminary breath test devices, evidentiary breath
test devices and Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. There are
many myths associated with these processes, including practicing
walking a line, placing a penny in the mouth, using of breath
spray, eating an onion, chewing tobacco, drinking particular alcoholic
beverages to avoid detection or even eating personal clothing.
Arrested persons often claim officer induced higher BAC readings
through improper procedures or manipulation. Some will use false
teeth, physical ailments, consumption of certain foods, and other
issues to explain away a DUI charge. Are these with or without
We can appreciate the
voluntary progression from sobriety to intoxication, with the
accumulation of alcohol in the bloodstream leading to impairment
of mental facilities, intoxication, and/or physical and mental
impairment. Under normal conditions, this process is progressive
and somewhat predictable for each individual.
This workshop is designed
for a wide range of participants. It will discuss observed behavior
and safety issues far beyond the assessments made by using a known
BAC level and invalid assumptions. The workshop explores the common
myths and misconceptions of the frequently abused drug, alcohol.
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