Alcohol Absorption Rate
ALCOHOL ABSORPTION RATE
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Effects of Alcohol On The Body
A serving of alcohol takes approximately 30 minutes to 2 hours after consumption to be fully absorbed into the blood stream. It takes this long because the body metabolizes about 0.25 ounces of alcohol per hour. The effects of alcohol on the body is influenced by numerous factors:
These Factors Include:
- A person's Size and Weight
- Body Fat Content
- The Individual's Metabolism Rate
- Food Intake
- Strength of Drink
- Rate of Consumption
- Presence of Medication In System
- Illness or Fatigue
- Functional Tolerance
Gender is one factor that influences a person's ability to absorb alcohol; for example, a 140 lb. male can drink two drinks in one hour and his blood alcohol level is .038, whereas when a 140 lb. female drinks two drinks in one hour, her blood alcohol level is .048. Women have less of the enzyme dehydrogenase, which breaks down alcohol in the stomach, thereby contributing to a higher BAC than a man drinking the same amount of alcohol.
Alcohol Absorption Rate FAQs
Q. How long does it take for the body to absorb alcohol?
A.Alcohol burns off at a rate of .016 BAC per hour, which is equal to about one standard drink each hour depending on the person's weight. This rate is true regardless of the size of the person's body. A 5'3" female will burn off alcohol at the same rate as a 6'1" overweight male.
Q. How does body fat affect alcohol absorption?
A. Alcohol absorption varies depending upon the person's body fat level. For instance, a person with a higher percentage of body fat will be slower to absorb alcohol than someone with less body fat. When two people of the same weight but different body fat levels drink the same amount of alcohol, the person with less fat will absorb the alcohol faster than the one with more body fat. However, the absorption of the alcohol will
metabolize at the same rate.
Q. How long does it take to burn off alcohol?
A. With a BAC of .08% (legal limit), it will take approximately 5 hours to reach 0. For a BAC of .10%, it will take approximately 6.25 hours to reach 0, and for a BAC of .16% (2x the legal limit), it will take approximately 10 hours to reach 0. For someone with a BAC of .20%, it will take around 12.5 hours to reach 0.
Q. I have a high tolerance, how does that affect BAC?
A. This is called functional tolerance which is the body's decrease in sensitivity to the effects of alcohol. While a person exhibiting functional tolerance will not seem as intoxicated as someone with little or no functional tolerance, it's important to know that this behavioral adaption has no effect on the liver's ability to eliminate alcohol at the rate of one drink per hour. Thus, having a "high tolerance" has absolutely no effect on BAC levels.
Defense Against Possible DUI Conviction
There is certain protocol that law officers must follow when pulling over and arresting someone with a charge of driving drunk. First of all, they must have reasonable evidence to prove why they stopped the driver in the first place. When performing any breath and blood tests they must wait at least 15 minutes and observe the driver before administering the test. During this time the individual is not supposed to eat, drink, vomit, smoke or burp because these can significantly affect the results of a breathalyzer test. These different actions all bring the alcohol up to the driver's mouth and breath, altering the BAC percentage rate.
Certain health factors and illnesses such as diabetes, being on certain diets, epilepsy, asthma and reflux diseases can also alter the outcome. Different chemical compounds within the human body as a result of these different issues can play a part in making it look as if the driver's BAC level is higher than it actually is. It is essential that if you are facing charges for a DUI, that you hire an attorney that is knowledgeable on various prosecutor tactics and common ways to defend against these types of accusations.
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