Patent Number: 8,795,980

Title: Methods for determination of previous ethanol consumption

Abstract: An improved method for assessing previous ethanol exposure comprises the steps of obtaining a sample from the body of a subject; quantitatively determining the level of one or several bio-precursors of phosphatidylethanol (PEth) (Formula I) or ethyl-sphingomyelin and the level of the corresponding one or several PEth (Formula II) or ethyl-sphingomyelin homologues in the sample; and obtaining a ratio between the level of one or several bio-precursors of PEth or ethyl-sphingomylein and the level of the corresponding one or several PEth- or ethyl-sphingomylein homologues. The ratio is indicative of previous ethanol consumption of the subject. Furthermore, a method for assessing previous absolute ethanol consumption can be accomplished by correlating the ratios of PEth precursor and PEth homologue levels in subjects to ratios obtained from reference subjects with known previous ethanol consumption.

Inventors: Andersson; Anders (Lund, SE), Isaksson; Anders (Lund, SE)

Assignee: Pethmark AB

International Classification: C12Q 1/44 (20060101); G01N 33/98 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/05/12018