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Alcohol In The Body

Alcohol is a general term denoting a family of organic chemicals with common properties. Members of this family include ethanol, methanol, isopropanol, and others. This introduction discusses the physical, chemical, and physiological aspects of the most commonly ingested of these ethanol. Alcohol (ethanol) is a clear, volatile liquid that burns (oxidizes) easily. It has a slight, characteristic odor and is very soluble in water. Alcohol is an organic compound composed of carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen; its chemical formula is C2H5OH. Alcohol is a Blood Alcohol Levelcentral nervous system depressant and it is the central nervous system which is the bodily system that is most severely affected by alcohol (see chart on right). The degree to which the central nervous system function is impaired is directly proportional to the concentration of alcohol in the blood. When ingested, alcohol passes from the stomach into the small intestine, where it is rapidly absorbed into the blood and distributed throughout the body. Because it is distributed so quickly and thoroughly the alcohol can affect the central nervous system even in small concentrations. In low concentrations, alcohol reduces inhibitions. As blood alcohol concentration increases, a person's response to stimuli decreases markedly, speech becomes slurred, and he or she becomes unsteady and has trouble walking. With very high concentrations - greater than 0.35 grams/100 milliliters of blood (equivalent to 0.35 grams/210 liters of breath ) - a person can become comatose and die. The American Medical Association has defined the blood alcohol concentration level of impairment for all people to be 0.04 grams/100 milliliters of blood (equivalent to .04 grams/210 liters of breath).

On the following pages is a generally accepted guide to the affects of alcohol.

Absorption and Elimination
This includes absorption, distribution and elimination of alcohol in the body.

Factors that Effect Blood Alcohol Content
Many things can have an effect on BAC, they include body weight and body type, rate of consumption, alcohol content, food, medication, fatigue, tolerance and gender.

 
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Arizona DUI Laws

Arizona DUI LawsArizona DUI Law is constantly evolving with stringent statutes and case law precedent, which pertain to the Arizona drunk driver.

DUI License Suspension

Arizona License SuspensionFollowing a DUI arrest in Arizona, you only have 15 days to request a hearing in order to challenge the administrative suspension of your driving privileges.

Stopped for a DUI

Stopped for a DUIIf you are stopped for an alleged DUI in Arizona, the first thing you should do is politely request to call and speak with an experienced Arizona DUI lawyer.

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