Intoxication at High Altitudes.

Dr. M.C. Diffin mdiffin at
Wed Mar 6 12:47:06 EST 1996

It is commonly observed that passengers consuming alcoholic drink on aircraft
become more intoxicated than they would at ground level.

I have always assumed that, given incomplete presurrisation, the effect is due
to a lower partial presssure of oxygen; 'light headedness' contributes to the

Is this correct?

Please reply directly if possible.

Michael Diffin
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