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Specificity of Blood Phosphatidylethanol (PEth) as a Marker for Alcoholic Beverage Consumption

Utilizing blood phosphatidylethanol (PEth) in abstinence monitoring programs (particularly with health professional, airline pilot, and/or other professional monitoring) as a means to detect relapse to alcoholic beverage use is a relatively new development over the past decade. PEth is a minor metabolite of ethanol formed when an enzyme, phospholipase D (PLD), binds ethanol to phosphatidylcholineRead More

Early Intervention

Physician health programs (PHPs) provide state disciplinary authorities (medical boards) what wellbeing committees (WCs) provide for hospital disciplinary authorities (medical executive committees). The former regarding licensure and the latter hospital privileges, both necessary for most physicians to practice. In the few states, like California, with no PHP, wellbeing committees take on added responsibilities. In statesRead More

Specificity of Phosphatidylethanol as a Marker for Alcoholic Beverage Consumption

Utilizing blood phosphatidylethanol (PEth) testing as a means to detect beverage alcohol use vs abstinence among licensed professionals and others is a relatively new development. Phosphatidylethanol is a minor metabolite of ethanol formed when an enzyme, phospholipase D (PLD), binds ethanol to phosphatidylcholine lipids in cell membranes, including red blood cells. Over 48 homologues (similarRead More

Does AA Work?

Google AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and you find a lot of negative opinions about it online. “AA is a cult.” “AA only has a 5% success rate.” “AA is an irrational “faith based” program.” “AA is a dangerous playground for violence-prone members.” “AA doesn’t work.” “The pseudo-science of AA.” So, if it does not work thenRead More

Why Alcoholism Rates Are So High For Lawyers

When it comes to alcoholism, there is a connection between career choices and drinking habits. Unfortunately, certain professions seem to have greater percentages of workers who struggle with alcohol abuse. The American Bar Association (ABA) published a study that confirms that lawyers have a higher percentage of people who abuse alcohol when compared to theRead More

What To Do When Alcohol Affects Job Performance

Alcohol is well known for its ability to lower inhibitions and create a temporary release from the stresses in life. It’s also widely accepted, easily available, and often included in most social settings, even those that are job related. However, once abused, alcohol begins to show its negative side. Excessive drinking, or binge drinking, startsRead More

Can Withdrawal From Alcohol be Deadly?

Alcohol affects a person physically, mentally, and emotionally and with excessive consumption, can cause early death. The brain controls the way a person thinks, feels, moves, and walks. When a person drinks alcohol, the brain’s neurotransmitters release dopamine, which gives him or her euphoric and pleasurable feelings. An individual with an alcohol addiction loses controlRead More

Why do Some People Become Alcoholics?

Some people are more prone to becoming alcoholics than others are. Many factors indicate the person’s risk for alcoholism. Genetics, physical condition, mental health, and age can influence an individual’s problem drinking. Other contributors are how often a person drinks, how much he or she consumes, and the type of alcohol. A person who hasRead More

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