Updated on February 3rd, 2021 at 10:49 pm

Two Factors That Can Affect Alcohol Absorption

There is a lot of individual variation in how long after drinking it takes different people to absorb alcohol into the bloodstream and how much of an increase in blood alcohol content they will experience after drinking the same amount.

The physiology of alcohol absorption is sometimes an issue Milwaukee OWI lawyers need to address, especially if you are presenting the defense that your blood alcohol was rising at the time of your arrest (meaning that your blood alcohol test results reflected a higher level than you had at the time you were actually driving).

The process by which alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream is complex, and there are a number of factors at play. This blog post will mention just two: gender and stomach disease.


If a man and a woman consume the same amount of alcohol, the woman will have higher blood alcohol content than the man. This primarily has to do with the difference in body composition. Women have comparatively more fat and less fluids than men. Scientists also believe that women have lower levels of the enzyme that breaks down alcohol.

Stomach Disease

Any physical change to the stomach can affect the rate at which an individual absorbs alcohol. This includes changes that happen as a result of chronic disease, surgery, or even temporary changes due to stress or fear. Chronic alcohol abusers may increase their chances of infection by Heliobacter pylori, which can reduce the speed of alcohol metabolism.

A Milwaukee OWI Lawyer Can Help

If you have been arrested for drunk driving in Milwaukee, you are potentially facing serious penalties, including fines, increased insurance premiums, and suspension of your driver’s license. A second or subsequent conviction carries a mandatory prison sentence. For a free case evaluation by the Milwaukee OWI lawyers of  Vanden Heuvel & Dineen, S.C., please fill out the case evaluation form at the top of this page. Free Initial Consultation. Available 24/7. Call 1-877-384-6800.

Nathan J. Dineen