Given pertinent data, it is possible to predict a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) as well as to estimate, from a given BAC, the quantity of alcohol consumed. Caution must be used in these predictions. Factors that will affect the final estimation are discussed and include gastrointestinal contents and mobility, the composition and quantity of the alcoholic beverage, and the vascularity of the tissues and their water content. Elimination rates are also discussed. Other aspects covered in this article include the depressant action of alcohol on the central nervous system, and the contamination of antemortem and postmortem blood samples collected for alcohol analysis.

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    Association of Trial Lawyers of America

    1050 31st Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20007
  • Authors:
    • Winek, C L
  • Publication Date: 1983-1

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 10 p.
  • Serial:
    • Trial
    • Volume: 19
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    • ISSN: 0041-2538

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00385569
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-035 847
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 30 1984 12:00AM