Assessment of ethanol intake: Current tests and new assays on the horizon

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The number of tests used for the detection of ethanol ingestion is increasing. The field is rapidly moving beyond ethanol alone as a marker of ethanol intake. The combined measurement of carbohydrate deficient transferrin, FAEEs, 5-HTOL/5-HIAA, acetaldehyde adducts, and phosphatidylethanol may one day be used to approximate the time and amount of ethanol ingestion. The ultimate configuration of a panel of tests for monitoring ethanol intake awaits the results of studies that identify the clinical usefulness of each marker.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-450
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican journal of clinical pathology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Alcohol
  • Carbohydrate-deficient transferrin
  • Drug abuse
  • Fatty acid ethyl ester
  • Toxicology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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