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    Understanding the Metabolism of Alcohol


    In order to consume roughly an ounce of absolute alcohol, someone would have to drink two 12 ounce cans of beer, or one 8-ounce glass of wine, or a mixed drink containing about 2 1/2 ounces of Scotch or gin.

    According to the equivalency rule, which states that the effects of alcohol are determined principally by the volume of pure alcohol that is drunk, rather than the type of drink itself, these drinks would be roughly equal in strength and would have approximately the same effects on one’s body.

    We often talk about alcohol and its effects without truly understanding how alcohol works and where it gets its potency.

    Alcohol, when it enters the body, is translated into what pharmacologists call blood alcohol concentration (BAC), or blood alcohol level (BAL). This corresponds fairly closely to the percent of one’s blood that is made up of alcohol after it is ingested; a given BAC or BAL level has been described as ‘bathing the brain’ in a given alcohol concentration.

    There is a relationship between blood alcohol concentration and what we do under the influence. The effects of alcohol are, to a large degree, dose-related: with some variation, the more that is drunk, the greater the effect.

    The effects of alcohol are influenced by many factors. Some of them are directly physiological. Since alcohol registers its impact via the bloodstream, the SIZE of the drinker influences blood-alcohol concentration; the presence of food and water in the stomach; the speed at which one drinks; the presence of carbonation in an alcoholic beverage; and lastly, sex or gender. (Women, apparently, are more sensitive to the effects of alcohol, and manifest effects at lower doses, or greater effects at the same dosage, than is true of men.)

    If someone is charged with an impaired driving offense (or DUI, DWI, OWI, OUI, OVI, drunk driving, etc.), they deserve a defense by getting a qualified and skilled defense of DUI attorney lawyer. The attorney or DWI lawyer must realistically look at what happened and then a strategy can be made on the impaired operating case's strengths and weaknesses.

    The new arrestee must act right away after being released from jail. Our directories of lawyers & attorneys can provide the help needed or one can take the self evaluation quiz for additional help. Remember, in the beginning one should be attempting to stay out of further jail, AND, save their driving privilege, if they can. Trial is another whole story.

    Since 1997, this site has helped family and friends prevent wrongful convictions for impaired driving offenses like DUI drunk driving. There's a defense slogan, "Friends don't let friends plead guilty!" that makes me think of the slogan "Friends don't let friends drive drunk" the off-shoot slogan of MADD. That prosecution side of the DWI debate has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to convict anyone accused of DUI or DWI. People need a highly qualified lawyer on their side if arrested on these charges.

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    Brought to you, by Joshua Dale