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Caloric Nystagmus

Caloric nystagmus is seen during a caloric test, where the individual experiences an involuntary twitching or quick movement of the eyeball when warm or hot water is put into the ear.

Burnoff Rate

Definition - What does Burnoff Rate mean?

What is burnoff rate?

Burnoff rate is the speed at which your body gets rid of a certain substance or chemical. In this case, we are discussing the burnoff rate of alcohol and how it pertains to DUI cases. For many people, burnoff rate has no effect on their lives other than how fast they are sober again. However, when you are in court, your burnoff rate could be a huge factor in whether or not you are actually guilty. One example of this is a situation in which someone may be tested for their blood alcohol concentration after they drive. This could be a problem because it means that if their burnoff rate was high enough they could be over the legal limit while driving and then possibly be under the limit when being tests. Certain tests can be done to calculate someone's burnoff rate so that the court can tell whether or not that person would have been intoxicated.

How does alcohol get eliminated from my body?

Anywhere from 90-95% of the alcohol you consume will be eliminated in your liver. The liver turns alcohol into its component chemicals, which is mostly water and carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide that you produce in your liver will go into your bloodstream and then be released by simply breathing. When you drink alcohol, it will take a while to start to become intoxicated. Then, you will start to absorb the alcohol. While this happens, your blood alcohol concentration will rise because your body cannot eliminate the alcohol fast enough. Usually, after you stop consuming alcohol your blood alcohol concentration will continue to go up because your body is still absorbing the alcohol. Then, your elimination and absorption rates will be at the same level and then you will begin to eliminate alcohol.

What is the burnoff rate for my body?

Everyone has a different burnoff rate. A lot of factors go into your alcohol burnoff rate because everyone has a different metabolic rate. Metabolic rate depends on things like body size, body fat level, age, sex, etc. For example, women usually metabolize substances five to ten percent slower than males do because of levels of water in their body compared to men.

In the end, you really just shouldn't be drinking and driving at all. There are a lot of factors that go into whether or not you are actually impaired by the amount of alcohol you drink, and whether or not you are over the legal limit for a blood alcohol concentration. For some, their burnoff rate will be extremely fast and allow them to drink more. Other's will find that they have a slower burnoff rate and need to drink less or more slowly to not become impaired. Remember that burnoff rate is different for everyone and isn't easily calculatable, so always play it safe when you are asking yourself whether or not you are able to drive safely. Don't let a calculator based on your height, weight, and sex be responsible for your life.

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