How does absorption work?
In order for a DUI arrest to be substantiated, they must be able to prove
that your driving abilities were impaired and that you were over the legal
limit. For this reason, it is crucial that you work with an individual
who understands how alcohol interacts with your body.
When you drink alcohol, it is absorbed through your mouth, esophagus, stomach,
and small intestine. The rate of absorption will increase as it moves
down the gastrointestinal tract. From the stomach, alcohol is absorbed
much faster into the bloodstream, which is why drinking on an empty stomach
can cause your BAC to rise faster than normal. On average, around 60%
of the alcohol you drink will be absorbed close to 30 minutes after drinking,
with 90-100% being absorbed in an hour and 30 minutes.
However, the following factors may affect this rate:
- Concentration of alcohol of the drink you ingested
- Amount and type of food in your stomach
- The rate at which you drank it
- Your body weight
Eliminating Alcohol from Your Body
So how is alcohol eliminated from your body? A majority of it will be oxidized
in the liver, forming water and carbon dioxide. This gas is dissolved
in your blood, eventually reaching your lungs, where it will then be exhaled.
The rate of oxidation can vary depending on the effectiveness of your
liver functions. If you drink alcohol on a regular basis, your body will
likely burn it much faster than if you are just a casual drinker.
The small percentage of alcohol remaining in your system will be eliminated
from your sweat, urine, and breath. This is why a breath or urine test
can be commonly used to determine BAC. This also means that something
as small as a burp could cause your BAC to spike unnaturally, leaving
room for questioning BAC results.
The more you know and understand about absorption and elimination, the
more you will be prepared to challenge the evidence against you. Get our
seasoned legal advocates on your side today!
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