Episode 21: Alcohol, Family Law, and a Biomarker Called PETH

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Thanks for your patience while I was away on travel. I spent a couple of weeks in Korea presenting at 2 conferences, including 1 Keynote Address. And somehow one of my kids speaks better Korean than me!?! (It’s not hard to speak better Korean than me). Anywho, big few weeks in the toxicology world. The European Commission granted another 10 year approval to glyphosate! I did not have that on my bingo card! The Biden-Harris Administration is looking to replace all of the lead service lines — that’s simply fantastic news!

Now, on to more our topic of the day — phosphatidylethanol or PETH (see why we just call it PETH; I trip over that word and I have a biochemistry background, which means I am trained to say big words like that). Anywho, today’s topic is this: PETH and its use in Family Law cases. I’ve seen it mostly when a parent, in a co-parenting situation, has temporary custody of a child and is not allowed to drink in the presence of the child. I’m going to talk today about why PETH is not the right biomarker to use in these cases.

And I want to give a shout-out to the Toxicology Education Foundation (TEF; toxedfoundation.org). Fully disclosure: I’m on the Board and I am the Secretary. Part of the TEF’s mission is to educate the public about toxicology in our daily lives. We want to raise the level of scientific literacy in our country. But we can’t do it without your help. Please consider donating to TEF — small dollar donations are always welcome.

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