Interpretation Of Laboratory Reports In Alcohol Intoxication

How Are Alcohol (Ethanol) Concentrations in Body Fluids Expressed?

In European countries, the concentration is expressed in promille (grams per liter). In the United States, it has become customary to refer to concentration by percentage (grams per deciliter), and values in these units have been written into legislation and included in the uniform vehicle codes. Unless qualified, the use of promille or percentage does not indicate whether the result of the analysis is weight/weight, weight/ volume, or volume/volume. Another common way of expressing concentration, milligrams per deciliter, has also been used to indicate alcohol concentrations. The method of expressing concentration must be clearly specified whenever the alcohol level is mentioned. The desired expression can be derived from the toxicologic report by using the following equation:

1,000 |g/mL = 100 mg/dL = 21.74 mmol/L = 1.0 promille = 0.10%

What Are the Effects of Alcohol (Ethanol) Intoxication? Physiologic Effects:*

Blood-Alcohol

Concentration g/100 mL Stage of Alcoholic Influence Clinical Signs/Symptoms

Blood-Alcohol

Concentration g/100 mL Stage of Alcoholic Influence Clinical Signs/Symptoms

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