MICHAEL B. HELLER, M.D.; RICHARD M. KAPLAN, M.S.
To the editor: The objective determination of alcohol intoxication has considerable importance to physicians, police, lawyers, and the general public. The recent development of a simple dipstick using alcohol oxidase (Abusa-Stick, Chem-Elec, Inc., North Webster, Indiana) promises immediate determination of alcohol concentrations in saliva or other easily obtainable body fluids. Although the relative concentrations of alcohol in various body fluids have been reported (1, 2), the lack of data confirming the utility of the dipstick technique prompted our investigation.
Five adults (three men, one nonlactating woman, and one lactating woman) were recruited at a wine-tasting event. Over the course of
HELLER MB, KAPLAN RM. Dipstick Measurement of Alcohol Levels in Body Fluids. Ann Intern Med. ;106:328. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-106-2-328_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(2):328.
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