chapter  4
14 Pages

Age, Gender, and Body Composition: Implications for Alcohol Research in Older Persons

ByBecky T. Davies

Introduction ............................................................................................ 57 Estimation of Peak Blood Alcohol Concentration ................................ 58 Body Composition and BAC .................................................................. 59 Recent Research Findings ...................................................................... 60 Age-Related Gender Differences ........................................................... 64 Methodological and Conceptual Issues ................................................ 65 Volume of Distribution for Ethanol ....................................................... 66 Implications for Further Research ......................................................... 66 References ............................................................................................... 67

Provocative titles such as “Aging and Ethanol Metabolism,”

“Age, Drinking Habits and the Effects of Alcohol,”

and “Alcohol Pharmacodynamics in Young-Elderly Adults Contrasted with Young and Middle-Aged Subjects,”

suggest that researchers have sought a thorough understanding of the effects of age on an individual’s physiological response to alcohol. Closer inspection, however, reveals that none of these studies included females.