DUI & Absorption of Alcohol


DUI's and the absorption of alcohol into the blood stream:

Alcohol usually enters the body through the oral cavity, or as it is called, the mouth.  Once it has entered the body it travels down the esophagus into the stomach.  The stomach is comprised of gastric folds, digestive enzymes, mucus, and the pyloric valve, or pyloric muscle as it is called. Once the alcohol enters the stomach, absorption will begin.  While minute amounts may actually occur prior even prior to the alcohol entering the stomach, the main areas the stomach and small intestine.

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Fresno DUI Attorney: Understanding the science behind DUI Defense

Once the alcohol enters the stomach, absorption will being.  The alcohol, in large part, will continue on its course.  It will travel toward the pyloric valve, which is a muscle that controls gastric emptying into the small intestine.  Gastric emptying can occur quite rapidly, or take hours, depending on numerous factors. 

Once it is allowed to pass through the pyloric opening, it will enter the small intestine.  The small intestine is called this due to the diameter, not the length.  It is actually longer than the large intestine, just much smaller in diameter.  The surface area is much greater, which allows for more interaction between the surface, and the alcohol.  The interaction allows for absorption into the blood stream, primarily the hepatic or Portal vein.

Many factors come into play when attempting to estimate absorption rates.  Digestive tract problems, stomach issues, food present in the stomach, and different drugs can cause delayed gastric emptying and/or absorption of alcohol into the blood stream. 

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Fresno DUI Lawyer Jonathan Rooker: Fresno area law enforcement agencies have some of the strictest DUI enforcement policies in the Nation. The first decision an officer makes during the DUI enforcement is the decision to stop the vehicle. It may be a driving pattern, maintenance infraction, tinted windows, or other issues the lead the officer to make that decision. The next decision is whether to have the driver exit the vehicle and conduct a DUI investigation. Factors include odor or alcohol, red watery eyes, and slurred speech. Timely stopping, parking, and fumbling with a license or insurance paperwork, all influence the officers decision to continue the investigation. Once outside the vehicle the subject may sway or have trouble following directions. At the conclusion of the third stage, the officer decides if there is probable cause for an arrest. If you are arrested, there are steps you should take on your own behalf. It is important for anyone cited for DUI to contact the DMV within 10 days to preserve their right to an Admin Per Se Hearing in front of a DMV officer. Failure to contact the DMV within 10 days may result in the suspension of your driving privilege. Remember, the officer arrests at probable cause, but it takes proof beyond a reasonable doubt to convict. If the officer does their job right, a large percentage of the people should be found not guilty.

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