The best-known exception to exponential
kinetics is the elimination of alcohol (ethanol),
which obeys a linear time course (zeroorder
kinetics), at least at blood concentrations
> 0.02%. It does so because the
rate-limiting enzyme, alcohol dehydrogenase,
achieves half-saturation at very lowsubstrate
concentrations, i. e., at about 80 mg/l
(0.008%). Thus, reaction velocity reaches a
plateau at blood ethanol concentrations of
about 0.02%, and the amount of drug eliminated
per unit time remains constant at concentrations
above this level.
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