Alcohol Absorption and Elimination

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Absorption and elimination of alcohol can be a subject of great interest in DWI cases. Blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher is considered evidence of intoxication and cause for arrest for DWI. BAC is typically determined by a blood or breath test administered by the police. However, the test only shows BAC at the time of testing, not at the time of driving. There is often a significant delay between the time of driving and the time of testing. You may want an experienced Houston DWI attorney to thoroughly examine the factors affecting alcohol absorption and elimination in your DWI case to challenge the validity of your BAC reading as evidence against you.

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Why is alcohol absorption & elimination important to consider?

It is illegal to drive with a BAC that exceeds the legal limit, but chemical tests are only relevant when looking back in time to determine the driver's alcohol level at the time of driving. Typically, there is a great lapse of time between the time of driving and the time of testing.

It is difficult to prove the driver's BAC when driving because of the following variables:

  • Metabolic rate
  • Stomach contents
  • Drinking patterns
  • Passage of time
  • Type of alcohol consumed

Factors Affecting Alcohol Absorption and Elimination

Body weight, gender, metabolic rate, food eaten, and tolerance to alcohol are some of the factors that affect alcohol absorption and elimination. The more body mass a person has, the more area in which the alcohol is distributed, the lower the blood alcohol level will be. Women are generally smaller than men, with more body fat and less water content to dilute the alcohol. Higher estrogen levels can also affect the ability to metabolize alcohol. Food eaten during or shortly before the consumption of alcohol can significantly delay its absorption.

Most alcohol elimination occurs in the liver. The less alcohol there is in the blood, the more efficiently the liver can eliminate it. Therefore, any factor that delays absorption will also contribute to elimination. Physically fit people with a higher metabolic rate burn alcohol faster. Tolerance also has a significant effect on the rate of elimination. Generally, people who drink regularly burn alcohol faster than those who do not, and chronic alcoholics burn it even faster.

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