Forensic Issues in Alcohol Testing

Forensic Issues in Alcohol Testing

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Extracted from the Drug Abuse Handbook, 2nd edition, to give you just the information you need at an affordable price. Forensic Issues in Alcohol Testing offers concise and focused information specific to the interests of forensic scientists and clinical and forensic toxicologists. It analyzes the acute effects of alcohol intoxication and the methods by which investigators can measure alcohol concentration in blood, urine, and breath. It considers extenuating circumstances affecting acute impairment by detailing the disposition and fate of alcohol in the body as well as the factors influencing absorption, distribution, and elimination. Specific chapters address difficulties in measuring and interpreting post-mortem alcohol concentrations due to poor quality of specimen, sampling site differences, and post-mortem diffusion or synthesis. Recent advances in biochemical testing make it possible to quantitate chronic alcohol ingestion, and the book analyzes the efficacy of these tests as evaluators of dependence or potential for dependence.3.3 BLOOD ALCOHOL CONCENTRATION Ethanol is a central nervous system depressant drug exerting its effects in part via the ... rather than the higher figures commonly quoted.6 In a retrospective review of 693 deaths attributed to acute alcohol poisoning, ... For this reason it is particularly important to have accurate documentation of the position of the body ... although indicating chemical intoxication at the time of death, does not necessarily imply that there were observable clinicalanbsp;...

Title:Forensic Issues in Alcohol Testing
Author:Steven B. Karch, MD, FFFLM
Publisher:CRC Press - 2007-10-11


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