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Bariatric Surgery can result in faster and longer effects of alcohol

As a Denver DUI attorney, I often encounter clients with complex medical issues.  One of my tasks is to determine whether these medical issues play a part in their DUI case and how to present that to a jury.  One issue that does play a part is bariatric surgery.

Gastric bypass or 'stomach shrinking' types of surgery greatly impact the effects of alcohol on the body.  Because most absorption of alcohol takes place in the small intestines, anything that minimizes the time alcohol spends in the stomach will shorten the absorption time.  Research has shown that you will get intoxicated twice as fast after such surgery.  Surprisingly, these same studies show that the time that the alcohol remains in your is also doubled.  In other words, you can potentially get drunk twice as fast and stay drunk twice as long.