Post Mortem Examinations

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I'm wondering if there is a possibility that blood alcohol content levels can affect the rigidity of a body. I know that blood alcohol can present a false-positive sometimes post mortem, but would it be able to affect the way the body hardens? Thank you!

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Re: Post Mortem Examinations

I have worked as a autopsy technician and also I am a certified crime scene technician. I have not seen blood alcohol levels affect rigor in any way in my experiences. Even though blood is in the muscles, rigor is due to the the breakdown of proteins and processes within the muscle itself.