1. Can medical providers release medical ethanol test results for legal purposes?
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule allows healthcare providers in certain circumstances to disclose necessary medical information about a patient to law enforcement if they believe the patient presents a serious danger to himself or other people. State rules regarding release of medical test results for legal purposes vary.
3. Does everyone metabolize alcohol at the same rate?
A general rule of thumb is one drink equivalent an hour, but there is individual variation due to differences in factors such as race, sex, body weight, use of legal or illegal drugs that interact with alcohol, and food consumption.
4. Is there anything I can do to get rid of the alcohol in my system faster?
No, alcohol must be metabolized and eliminated by the liver and the rate at which this happens is regulated by the liver. Food will slow the absorption of ethanol and coffee may make someone who is intoxicated feel more alert, but neither will speed up the process.
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