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What Factors Affect Blood Alcohol Concentration for OWI?

Posted by Attorney Stangl on April 24, 2015

Learn what factors affect blood alcohol concentration for OWI in this video.

Video Transcript for "What Factors Affect Blood Alcohol Concentration for OWI?"

There are a number of variables which affect what a person’s alcohol concentration may or may not be. Those include your body weight, what you’ve had to eat or not had to eat, whether you are male or female, certain medications can affect alcohol concentrations.

There’s kind of a general rule out there; one drink per hour, however, you have to realize that as you take the alcohol in to your body, it’s also eliminated at a particular rate over time. For men and women it differs because alcohol/ethanol is very attracted to water molecules in our body.

Generally speaking, women have more fat than men and fat acts as a buffer against water. So, muscle tissue will have more water in it than fat will. Where the water is, the alcohol will go.

A woman who drinks the same amount as a man who weighs the same weight will have a higher alcohol concentration because she has less water in her body, so you’re going to have the alcohol going to the parts of the water in her body that contain a lesser proportion versus a male.

In short, there’s no hard and fast rule. It’s very important to eat, however, because food does slow down the absorption of alcohol in your body.

Alcohol is not digested like food. Instead, once it gets into your stomach and your large intestine it’s primarily absorbed into the blood and then it's circulated through the entire body until it reached what we call equilibrium. But, food will slow down the absorption of alcohol.

-Attorney Pat Stangl

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If you or someone you know has been charged with drunk driving or OWI in Wisconsin, it’s crucial to secure an experienced Wisconsin OWI lawyer to defend your case. Contact Attorney Patrick Stangl today for a free consultation.

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