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What's the difference between bac (blood alcohol content) and bal (blood alcohol level)?

What's the difference between bac (blood alcohol content) and bal (blood alcohol level)?

BAL Vs BAC: Blood alcohol level (BAL) = Blood alcohol content (BAC) = Blood ethanol concentration. BAL is used to identify alcohol intoxication. BAL measures alcohol concentration in blood using mass per volume. ...Read more

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What is the difference between blood alcohol level and blood alcohol concentration?

What is the difference between blood alcohol level and blood alcohol concentration?

No difference: They are the same thing. It's the percent concentration of alcohol (mass weight) per volume of blood. It can be measured as mg per ml or grams per deciliter. ...Read more

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What is the difference between blood alcohol content and blood alcohol level?

What is the difference between blood alcohol content and blood alcohol level?

Likely none.: These terms appear to be interchangeable. There is a difference between blood alcohol content by mass and blood alcohol content by volume, since 1 ml blood equals 1.06 grams of blood. These measurements differ in this way in different parts of the world. ...Read more

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Does diazepam increase blood alcohol content?

Does diazepam increase blood alcohol content?

No, but.: Diazepam does not increase blood alcohol content. Diazepam will add to the depressant effect of the alcohol, so the person who is drinking alcohol will appear more drunk. ...Read more

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Fasting blood test tomorrow. Is nicotine intake from cigs ok?

Fasting blood test tomorrow. Is nicotine intake from cigs ok?

Cigarettes?: Should not affect your fasting blood sugar. However, there are MANY health reasons to avoid both nicotine and cigarettes. ...Read more

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Will drinking alcohol affect blood test results?

Will drinking alcohol affect blood test results?

Yes for some tests: Also it will depend on for what length of time and how much you are drinking. A blood alcohol level will show alcohol content of blood recently consumed. But a complete blood count will have indicators of changes in red blood cells as a result of chronic alcohol use. Chronic alcohol use: ggt, liver function tests, vitamin b12, folic acid, thiamine levels can be affected. ...Read more

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Does hypoglycemia affect blood alcohol tests? or BAC?

Does hypoglycemia affect blood alcohol tests? or BAC?

No: NO. Hypoglycemia can be associated with severe cirrhosis but this is usually in cases that are near end-stage ...Read more

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What is legal limit on blood alcohol content?

What is legal limit on blood alcohol content?

Blood Alcohol Level: Currently in the US it is 0.08 % (in all states). In countries like Mali, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates (UAE) or Saudi Arabia it is 0.00 by Muslim Law. The only countries I could find with a higher Blood alcohol content % were Cyprus at 0.09 (but it is changing to 0.05) & Swaziland. ...Read more

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Does moderate alcohol consumption (2-3 glass of wine/day) help raise or lower blood pressure?

Does moderate alcohol consumption (2-3 glass of wine/day) help raise or lower blood pressure?

Find out 4 yourself.: It's a subjective thing. As a rule, 2 drinks or less may lower BP and more than that, may increase it. But people have varying responses to alcohol. Have your annual check up including blood pressure, blood test, ekg and when u reach 50, consider having a colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer or polyp! cheers! ...Read more

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Can e cigarette liquids containing etoh cause a false positive on an etg urine test?

Can e cigarette liquids containing etoh cause a false positive on an etg urine test?

Unlikely: The alcohol is used as a solvent to dissolve the nicotine and other substances in the vapor liquid. It should evaporate while in the process of making vapor. ...Read more

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When to donate blood after drinking alcohol or smoking marijuana??

When to donate blood after drinking alcohol or smoking marijuana??

When you're done: Once the high / buzz is done and you feel good, we would love to have your donation. It would be very illegal for us to look to see if thee is a bit of cannabis left in your blood. We appreciate the donation. ...Read more

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How much alcohol consumption will cause an "enlarged blood cell) test result?

How much alcohol consumption will cause an "enlarged blood cell) test result?

Macrocytosis: or large red blood cells, can be caused by excessive alcohol intake, even with normal levels of folic acid and B12. The mechanism whereby alcohol ingestion causes macrocytosis is unknown, but is though to be due to alcohol byproducts like acetaldehyde. The equivalent of 1 bottle of wine per day for 6 or more months can cause. Reverses after cessation of alcohol usually. ...Read more

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Since cirrhosis slows down the metabolism of alcohol, if alcohol was consumed would the breathalyzer reading be higher Than a "normal" person?

Since cirrhosis slows down the metabolism of alcohol, if alcohol was consumed would the breathalyzer reading be higher Than a "normal" person?

Possibly: Since alcohol is primarily metabolized by the liver, when the liver malfunctions because of cirrhosis this may result in higher blood alcohol levels than in people with normal livers. ...Read more

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How beer consumption increase blood pressure?

Really it's not: Everything's related to everything, but you have more to worry about blood-pressure-wise from the salty pretzels. Enjoy the beer without overdoing it. ...Read more

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Blood alcohol 129mg is that bad? Is it passed the legal limit?

Blood alcohol level: That is higher then the drug alcohol level limits for driving for every country that I am aware of in the world except for possibly Swaziland. ...Read more

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I am having bloodwork done, need to know how long they can detect blood alcohol levels?

I am having bloodwork done, need to know how long they can detect blood alcohol levels?

That depends on how: Much you had to drink (& other variables). The median rate of bac is a drop of 15 milligrams per cent per hour. You will need to do the math. ...Read more

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If a blood alcohol test is taken, but the sample is not tested for 5 weeks, is the test still accurate? Can the sample deteriorate?

If a blood alcohol test is taken, but the sample is not tested for 5 weeks, is the test still accurate?  Can the sample deteriorate?

Labs and Liability: If a lab is testing a sample and reporting a result then it has significant liability if the sample is not appropriate for testing. I would bet that the sample tested is accurate if the lab is willing to report the results. ...Read more

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Why do men and women have different blood alcohol levels after having the same amount of alcohol?

Body size and fat: Bigger, leaner folks will get less of a ride for the amount of alcohol ingested. Gender is incidental and not itself a factor ...Read more

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What does a 150.3 blood alcohol level mean?

What does a 150.3 blood alcohol level mean?

See below: This would be the equivalent of six standard drinks in 160-165 lb man ( more in a heavier man and less in a female of the same weight ) not allowing for the breakdown of any alcohol which is typically one drink every 60-90 mins. If no tolerance, one is quite intoxicated. Dwi is at 80.0, aggravated dwi at 180. ...Read more

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Does blood sugar levels affect blood alcohol levels?

Does blood sugar levels affect blood alcohol levels?

Depends: If the blood sits around at room temperature and there is microbial contamination, fermentation of glucose could increase alcohol level. However, this is a very long scenario. ...Read more

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How does our blood alcohol content diminish over time?

How does our blood alcohol content diminish over time?

Ethanol clearance: There is wide variation in the metabolism of ethanol. The unhabituated drinker clears ethanol from the blood stream at an approximate rate of 15 to 20 mg/dL per hour. Patients with chronic ethanol abuse can clear ethanol at a rate of 25 to 35 mg/dL per hour, or even faster in some cases. Euphoria and mild deficits in coordination, attention, and cognition are seen w/ BAC of 100 mg/dL. ...Read more

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How does blood alcohol content affect your reaction time?

Alcohol effects: When alcohol reaches the brain, it has the ability to delay signals that are sent between nerve cells that control balance, thinking and movement. Specifically, hyper-activation of gamma amino butyric acid (GABA) A receptors. Activation of GABAA receptors by GABA tends to decrease neuronal excitability. This leads to impairment of both motor function and cognition following Ethanol consumption. ...Read more

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What are the effects of having a high blood alcohol content?

What are the effects of having a high blood alcohol content?

Alcohol intoxication: Signs and symptoms of acute ethanol intoxication vary with severity and can include slurred speech, nystagmus, disinhibited behavior, incoordination, unsteady gait, memory impairment, stupor, or coma. Acute alcohol intoxication can also induce multiple metabolic derangements including hypoglycemia, lactic acidosis, hypokalemia, hypomagnesemia, hypocalcemia, and hypophosphatemia. ...Read more

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Could someones blood alcohol level be manipulated by eating?

Could someones blood alcohol level be manipulated by eating?

No: Alcohol is metabolized by the liver. Eating will not speed up this metabolism so the blood alcohol level can't be manipulated in this way. However, eating when drinking can help with the sick feeling you may get. ...Read more

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How does someone's weight impact their blood alcohol content?

Blood alcohol : Alcohol defuses throughout body generally, as opposed to localizing. More mass, less effect, lower perceived blood alcohol level. ...Read more

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What are some medical conditions affecting blood alcohol level?

What are some medical conditions affecting blood alcohol level?

Liver impairment: Your liver is responsible for a huge number of jobs in the body, to include taking care of drugs & toxins (including alcohol). If liver impaired, diseased, or damaged, its ability to break down alcohol will be less. Alcohol dehydrogenase & rarely other enzymes can be missing or in short supply. Any of these would mean alcohol cannot be metabolized fully or at all & bal goes up and could be lethal. ...Read more

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Anyone have experience with urine alcohol tests? Same as blood alcohol?

No: Blood alcohol tests examined for alcohol. Urine test looks for a metabolite, ethyl glucronide and may be positive for up to five days. ...Read more

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What is the level of blood alcohol that means you have alcohol poisoning?

What is the level of blood alcohol that means you have alcohol poisoning?

It varies: Alcohol poisoning refers to an extremely intoxicated state. Because the body develops tolerance to alcohol with daily, chronic use, the degree of intoxication varies dramatically at a given blood alcohol level depending on the tolerance of the person. In other words, a person who almost never drinks might suffer "alcohol poisoning" at a relatively low blood alcohol level. ...Read more

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