Most of the relevant factors and considerations affecting the alcohol contents of various body tissues and fluids and the dose-time-effect relationships fall into the field of pharmacokinetics, which broadly concerns the absorption, distribution, biotransformation and excretion of drugs. Pharmacokinetic parameters affect both the validity and usefulness of alcohol determinations as indicators of driver impairment by alcohol in such respects as choice of sample materials and the probative value and interpretation of results of alcohol analysis. An understanding of alcohol pharmacokinetics is also needed for the proper evaluation and assessment of the validity and significance of studies correlating alcohol concentrations in body fluids with driver performance or impairment, and for proper appreciation of differences between studies. In this paper, several of the more relevant and problematic aspects of alcohol pharmacokinetcs are considered from the aspect of highway safety.

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    Alcohol Research Documentation, Incorporated

    P.O. Box 969
    Piscataway, NJ  United States  08854
  • Authors:
    • Dubowski, K M
  • Publication Date: 1985-7

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 98-108
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00620528
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Supplement No. 10, HS-041 169, HS-041 170
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1992 12:00AM