Blood alcohol levels

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Our alcohol laboratory carries out all of the analyses of blood taken from suspected drunk drivers to determine the level of alcohol.

We also analyse blood and other biological specimens for the presence of alcohol and other volatile compounds for coronial and criminal cases.

In addition to testing, our scientists also provide a consulting service for e.g. providing an estimate of a blood alcohol concentration at the time of a specific incident.

Read comments from ESR Forensic Toxicologist Sam Coward on the new drink-drive limits in this Fairfax story (external link)

Listen to Radio NZ learn about how ESR tests blood alcohol levels (external link)