How do gender and physical impairments affect alcohol absorption? Pierce County DUI lawyer, South King County criminal attorney , explains.

Two factors over which you have no (or very little) control affect the rate of alcohol consumption: your gender and your physical health – particularly the health of your stomach. I explain these factors to my Pierce County DUI clients as follows:


There is a gender gap in alcohol absorption rates. Women tend have higher blood alcohol difference is attributable to the difference in size, weight, and body composition between men and women; men tend to have less fat and more body water (blood and fluids) than women. Moreover, men tend to have a more active enzyme for breaking down alcohol than do women.

Physical impairments of the stomach

Any physical change to the stomach and intestines can impact alcohol absorption. A physical change may result from a chronic illness; surgery; or merely physiological changes due to stress, shock, fear or other psychological factors.

Chronic alcohol use often leads to gastritis (an inflammation of the stomach lining). Gastritis and gastric ulcers can increase blood flow and motility in the gastrointestinal tract; on the other hand, cancer and gastric fibrosis may delay stomach emptying. Chronic alcohol abusers tend to have a higher rate of infection by Helicobacter pylori (H-pylori), which causes infections in the stomach and can also produce gastritis. Research has shown that stomach infections by Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) can significantly reduce the metabolism of alcohol.

Contact an experienced Pierce County DUI lawyer

The science underlying alcohol absorption rates is complicated, but an experienced Pierce County DUI lawyer can help you make sense of it all. Please contact me if you would like to discuss the facts of your particular situation.

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