Dose-related effects of alcohol on dynamic posturography and oculomotor measures

Joel A. Goebel, Douglas N. Dunham, John W. Rohrbaugh, Douglas Fischel, Paula A. Stewart

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Four healthy male volunteers < 30 years of age participated in a blinded study of placebo versus low (0.45 g/kg lean body weight = LBW), medium (0.80 g/kg LBW) and high (1.05 g/kg LBW) dose ethanol ingestion to investigate its effect upon gaze and posture control. Serial electronystagmography and computerized platform posturography were performed at different points along each subject's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) curve as measured by breath analysis. Smooth pursuit and positional testing revealed subtle abnormalities at sub-intoxicating BACs. In addition, instability on posturography was evident on the Sensory Organization Test with no statistically significant influence observed on muscle latency testing as determined by sway analysis. We conclude that even low ethanol BAC levels produce widespread gaze and posture control effects which can be easily documented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-215
Number of pages4
JournalActa Oto-Laryngologica
Issue numberS520
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995


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