Time to de-bunk some common alcohol and drug myths you might have heard around your club…
MYTH: Breath mints absorb alcohol and help you pass random breath testing.
The only thing that will help you sober up is time. Breathalysers estimate the concentration of alcohol in the blood through the alcohol content of the air in your lungs. Alcohol is broken down by the liver which takes time and works at a fixed rate. Your liver can process about one standard drink an hour, so while your breath may be minty fresh, you won’t be any more sober.
MYTH: Drinking vinegar will help you pass a drug test.
While drinking vinegar or adding it to a urine sample will lower the pH of the sample, it will also raise the suspicion of the drug tester. Some drug tests can detect drugs for days and even weeks after use, depending on a lot of different factors including the type of test, drug used, frequency of use and even your metabolism. Not using drugs is the safest and surest way to beat a drug test.
MYTH: Second-hand cannabis smoke exposure can cause you to fail a drug test.
While inhaling someone else’s cannabis smoke can lead to detectable traces of the drug in body fluids, these traces are often too low to record a positive test result. However, second-hand cannabis smoke can still be harmful, not least because of the toxins in the tobacco it is smoked with.
For more information on alcohol and drugs, visit www.druginfo.adf.org.au.
This information is provided by Good Sports, a free national program run by the Australian Drug Foundation and is adapted from “Busting some alcohol and drug myths. Part 2” by DrugInfo. Good Sports supports clubs to be safe, healthy and family-friendly environments. A Good Sports Project Officer can provide your club with information and advice to make sure your club is performing at its best. Visit www.goodsports.com for more information.
For alcohol and other drug information as well as facts sheets to keep your club informed about relevant topics, visit www.druginfo.adf.org.au