Prediction Of Blood Alcohol Concentration In Humans: Comments And Criticisms

  • Heidi Ann Hahn
Part of the Recent Research in Psychology book series (PSYCHOLOGY)


In calculating blood alcohol concentration for both experimental and nomographic applications, use of the Widmark equation is typical. This equation deals with the relationships among ingested alcohol, body weight, and blood alcohol concentration. There are a number of problems associated with the equation, most of which arise as a consequence of the fact that the formula largely ignores the absorptive part of the alcohol curve. The focus of the current paper, then, was to survey these problem areas and to evaluate their impact on the use of the equation in the two aforementioned applications.


Heavy Drinker Blood Alcohol Blood Alcohol Concentration Blood Alcohol Level Absorptive Part 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heidi Ann Hahn
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  1. 1.Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations ResearchVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

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