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Re: How does water affect a person's blood alcohol concentration?

Date: Thu May 26 07:39:41 2005
Posted By: Dane Jeffries, Secondary School Teacher, Science - Biology, Unit 7
Area of science: Medicine
ID: 1116443767.Me

Drinking Water would not decrease the amount alcohol to diffuse into tissues. By drinking water H20 would increase in both tissues and blood. Therefore the osmotic gradient between tissues and blood does not change so no more alcohol would diffuse anywhere. Secondly, alcohol diffusing into tissues would INCREASE the affects of intoxication. Think about it, if the alcohol does diffuse into tissues it would be diffusing into brain tisue causing physilogical defects in Central Nervous System neurons.

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