Monday, June 18, 2012

How Does Bariatric Surgery Affect a DUI?

Bariatric surgery is commonplace in today's society.  The weight loss treatment that many people have to stem life threatening conditions can often lead to other problems.  Recently, the science in medical journals reported that many have seen an uptick in alcohol abuse.  What impact does the surgery have in a DUI case?  Well, the stomach is reduced significantly, essentially becoming a small pouch that can hold very little liquid.  As such, when alcohol is consumed it it rapidly absorbed and the BAC level peaks quickly then falls very quickly as well.  This condition does not lend itself to any rising BAC defenses due to the quick absorption times.  The surgery may have some influence on BAC levels that fall quickly but the science usually does not lend itself to any known DUI defenses.