After participating in this module, it is expected that students will be able to:
- Draw the chemical structure for ethanol. Identify the functional group that alcohols have in common.
- Discuss the physical and chemical properties of ethanol that determine its solubility in water.
- Compare and contrast the structure and solubility of ethanol and other alcohols.
- Explain the relationship between passive diffusion and the concentration of a molecule.
- Identify the oxidized species of a molecule in a chemical reaction.
- Explain why ethanol distributes into water spaces of the body.
- Predict how the concentration of a polar compound in the bloodstream is determined by a person’s body composition (fat:water ratio).
- Explain how the BAC is affected by factors such as food and genetics.
After participating in this module, it is expected that students may be able to:
- Explain how an enzyme and a coenzyme participate in an oxidation reaction.
- Describe how genetics can cause variations in drug metabolism.
- Calculate the blood alcohol concentration (BAC).
- Dispute myths about eliminating alcohol from the body by “peeing” it out.