Can the Keto Diet Cause a DWI?
Can the Keto Diet Cause a DWI? The short answer is yes.
The ketogenic diet (more commonly referred to as the keto diet) is a low-carb, high-fat diet that offers a variety of health benefit. Keto has been proven to reduce fat and weight in participants and a Ketogenic diet may even have benefits against diabetes, cancer, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease.
While this diet is extremely popular now, it is important to realize that one consequence of the diet is that it can make getting a false positive for DWI much easier. In fact, people getting arrested for DWI while on the Keto diet – and other low-carb diets such as Atkins – is more common than you may think.
Why Does Keto Mimic Being Under The influence?
How can the Keto Diet Cause a DWI? The ketogenic diet drastically reduces carbohydrate intake and replaces it with fat. This extreme reduction in carbohydrates puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. When the body does not have enough glucose for energy, it burns stored fats instead. This results in a buildup of acetone which is released through your breath as isopropyl alcohol.
While isopropyl alcohol is not the same as ethyl (beverage) alcohol, a Breathalyzer reads it as such because it will give a positive for any compound containing the methyl group structure. This is not only true of ethyl and isopropyl alcohol, but of any number of compounds including asthma medications, cold medication and oral gels.
Call Clyde Burleson if You Think the Keto Diet May Have Caused Your DWI
If you’ve been arrested for DWI and are on the Keto Diet, give Clyde W. Burleson, P.C. a call at 713-628-1503. You will get a free consultation to see if your breath results may have been skewed by keto diet acetones, or any number of other factors that can create a false positive DWI for you.