03 July, 2003

Blood Alcohol

Are blood-alcohol analyzers gender biased?

Hawkins is a certified breathalyzer technician who also happens to be a lawyer.

"What we've learned is that when you take a male and a female of roughly the same weight, give them the same amount of alcohol, that the woman will be significantly higher as far as what her score on the Intoxilyzer 5000 machine," he said.

And this could have nothing to do with the differences in physiology between males and females? Just because they're the same weight, doesn't mean things like body fat and muscle mass are going to be the same between a male and a female. And possibly these differences will account for the discrepency in their blood-alcohol levels.

Just file this under James' Kooky Theories™

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