OVI Law: Elimination of Alcohol By Oxidation
Alcohol exits the human body by being oxidized by a number of very important enzymes. Foremost among these enzymes are ADH (alcohol dehydrogenase) and ALDH (aldehyde dehydrogenase). Over 90% of the ingested alcohol is oxidized in the liver. The remaining 10% is excreted via the breath (.07%), the urine (.03%) and sweat (.01%). [Master, S., Chapter 23: The Alcohols, Basics and Clinical Pharmacology, B. Katzung, Editor, McGraw Hill, Eighth Edition, 2001, p. 382 (hereafter “Katzung”).
We know that the elimination rate varies from person to person but a general rules is that most people will have a rate between .015% and .20% with an overall average of .018% per hour [Winek CL, Esposito FM. Blood alcohol concentrations: factors affecting predictions. Leg Med 1985; 34-61]. Factors which will affect elimination include age, gender, food ingestion, past use and other pathological factors.
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