Alcohol Absorption and Elimination
Houston DWI Lawyer
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
- 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.
Call our Houston DWI lawyer if you have been arrested or charged with DWI in Houston.