Studying alcohol elimination using the alcohol clamp method

Vijay A. Ramchandani, Sean O'Connor

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Researchers studying alcohol absorption and metabolism in humans have been aided by the alcohol clamp method, in which alcohol is administered intravenously, allowing study participants to achieve and maintain a target breath alcohol concentration (BrAC) for an extended period of time. This tool minimizes the variability in BrACs that occurs after alcohol consumption by administering alcohol at a dose and rate that is computed for each person individually. The alcohol clamp can be used to evaluate several influences on alcohol elimination, including gender, ethnicity, genetic variations in alcohol-metabolizing enzymes, and food consumption.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)286-290
Number of pages5
JournalAlcohol Research and Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006


  • Alcohol absorption
  • Alcohol clamp method
  • Alcohol elimination
  • Alcohol elimination rate (AER)
  • Breath alcohol concentration (BrAC)
  • Ethanol metabolism
  • Intravenous infusion
  • Michaelis-Menten kinetics
  • Pharmacodynamics
  • Pharmacokinetics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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