Sunday, April 20, 2008

The blood alcohol level

The blood alcohol level is used by the police to determine whether a person should be charged with drunk driving. The BAL is affected by four factors:

  1. The amount of alcohol consumed.
  2. The speed at which the alcohol is absorbed into the blood stream. It is determined by the type of drink and the speed of absorption.
  3. Your body weight decides your BAL. A person with a small size will have a higher BAL. Women usually get drunk faster than men because they have a lower body weight.
  4. The last factor is determined by the speed of the liver to get rid of the alcohol from the bloodstream by oxidizing it.

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