TITLE

L'éthylglucuronide: un marqueur de la consommation d'alcool

AUTHOR(S)
Kharbouche, H.; Sporkert, F.; Staub, C.; Mangin, P.; Augsburger, M.
PUB. DATE
November 2009
SOURCE
Praxis (16618157);11/4/2009, Vol. 98 Issue 22, p1299
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Excessive alcohol consumption represents a major risk factor for morbidity and mortality. It is therefore indispensable to be able to detect at-risk drinking. Ethyl glucuronide (EtG) is a specific marker of alcohol consumption. The determination of ethyl glucuronide in urine or blood can be used to prove recent driving under the influence of alcohol, even if ethanol is no longer detectable. The commercialization of an EtG specific immunological assay now allows to obtain preliminary results rapidly and easily with satisfying sensitivity. Moreover, the detection of ethyl glucuronide in hair offers the opportunity to evaluate an alcohol consumption over a long period. The EtG concentration in hair is in correlation with the amount of ingested alcohol. Thus, the analysis of ethyl glucuronide can be used to monitor abstinence, to detect alcohol relapse and to identify at-risk drinkers. However, a cut off allowing to detect chronic alcohol abuser reliably still does not exist. Therefore, it is recommended to perform the analysis of ethyl glucuronide in complement to the existing blood markers. A study financed by the Swiss Foundation for Alcohol Research is actually conducted by the West Switzerland University Center of Legal Medicine in order to establish an objective cut-off.
ACCESSION #
47256607

 

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