Blood Alcohol Test

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Alcohol has a noticeable effect on the body, even when consumed in small amounts. One way to measure the amount of alcohol consumed is through a blood alcohol test. Dr. Edward Hill describes blood alcohol levels in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A blood alcohol test measures the amount of alcohol in your body. Alcohol is quickly absorbed into the blood and can be measured within 40 to 70 minutes.

The amount of alcohol in the blood reaches its highest level one hour after drinking. Food in the stomach may increase the amount of time it takes for the blood alcohol to reach its highest level. About 90 percent of alcohol is broken down in the liver.

Even a low level of alcohol in the blood slows reactions. The more alcohol you drink, the greater your loss of mental and physical control. Drinking alcohol can cause a lack of coordination, blurred vision, slurred speech and stupor.

A blood alcohol test can determine whether you are legally drunk or intoxicated. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that all states set the legal definition of intoxication as the point when the blood alcohol concentration exceeds 0.08 millimoles per liter. At this level, your driving reflexes are impaired.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.